The 75th Tockwith Show
Sunday August 1st 2021
PRESS RELEASE 2021 SHOW CANCELLED
The organisers of the annual Tockwith Show have decided to cancel this year’s event because of the continuing uncertainty about the impact of the Covid pandemic.
The show, which would have been the 75th to be staged since the event was first held in 1945, was scheduled to be held in August, but the show Committee felt there were too many question marks over what would be allowed and how to ensure the safety of the public, to make holding this year’s event a viable proposition.
Show President Michelle Lee said it was a disappointing and a hard decision to have to make but the Committee felt it was better to cancel the show now rather than end up staging something which didn’t match the quality of previous years, or put all the finance and time into preparing for an event that then had to be scrapped.
“The simple problem is we just don’t know what is going to be happening in August, whether there will be any restrictions still in force and what we would be required to do as the show organisers to meet any future guidelines,” she said.
“It would be great if we could leave it until July and then make a decision, but the reality of organising one of the biggest agricultural shows in Yorkshire is that the preparation needs to begin months ahead of the event, and we are already well past the time when decisions need to have been taken.”
The Committee is hoping that the second major event to be held on the show-field – the annual Bonfire and Fireworks night – will be able to go ahead in November.
“It’s tempting to say by November everything will be back to some form of normality, but again without a crystal ball we just don’t know”, said Michelle. “However, we are going to try and ensure that night is the best ever, and make sure that by starting planning now Tockwith Show is back next August and is a really special day for our 75th show”
“One really encouraging thing to come out of all this is that we now have twenty new volunteers from within the community who have offered their help, and that really does bode well for the future,” she added.
For further information contact:
Michelle Lee, President, Tockwith Show (07889 584206)
Allan Robinson, Chairman, Tockwith and District Agricultural Society (07970 956840)
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Tockwith and District Show Society was founded in 1945. It’s aim was to raise money for the Red Cross to support the personnel at RAF Marston Moor. The 1st Show in 1946 only had 12 helpers but still created a surplus of £58.
Over the years it has progressed from being a purely Horticultural Show to becoming a full Agricultural and Horticultural Show. The attendance in 2007 was estimated to be more than 11,000. This makes it one of the largest one day community events in the area.
The Show Society primarily exists to promote and advance for the benefit and education of the public the practice of agriculture, horticulture, livestock breeding and arts and crafts.
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