By Oliver Hodgeson
Gosforth Show has confirmed ‘with great sadness’ the 2020 event will no longer take place due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The directors of the show said their decision was based on the need for social distancing at the agricultural show would be near impossible – along with the need to adhere to the current government guidelines and advice for event organisers.
Show directors said in a statement: “It is with great sadness, that due to the current situation with Covid-19, the decision has been made to cancel this year’s, Gosforth Show.
“We have considered all the issues and options but feel this is the right decision for the safety of all, both the committee and public. Social distancing at an agricultural show would be very hard to achieve.
“Preparation will start into next year’s show August 21, 2021 and we hope to see you all again.
“We will be keeping you all up to date with next year’s plan and will release information and news through our usual channels. Thank you for all your support and stay safe.”
Similar conclusions are being drawn for many events all over the UK – not only was the 50th anniversary of Glastonbury cancelled, but the World Gurning Championship and Crab Fair, in Egremont, was postponed until next year.
All efforts are now being turned to next year’s event, proposed to be scheduled for August 21, 2021.