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Driffield Show 2020 cancelled amid coronavirus pandemic

This year’s Driffield Show is the latest casualty of the coronavirus after the announcement that one of the country’s biggest one-day agricultural events will not take place in 2020.

CEO of the Driffield Agricultural Society, David Tite, broke the news in the last few moments that the show will not be held on Wednesday 22nd July and it follows similar cancellations made by organisers of agricultural events, with the Yorkshire Show and Lincolnshire Show also falling by the wayside.

In a statement, Mr Tite said that although it was a difficult decision to make, the safety of staff and visitors to the Showground ‘must come first’.

He added that the Show will come back stronger in 2021.

The largest one-day agricultural show in England

“It is with much sadness that the Board of the Driffield Agricultural Society has made the decision to cancel this year’s Driffield Show,” said Mr Tite. 

“As the COVID-19 crisis continues to worsen and escalate we need to safeguard our customers and to this end we have made this difficult decision, the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved must come first.

“Our team are working hard to communicate with all our stakeholders at this moment, please wait for us to contact you rather than calling the office, we are a small team and all are busy currently making contact with you.

“If you have purchased tickets for the Driffield Show, a full refund will be sent to you in the next few weeks by our ticket provider Secure Media, again they are working hard with refunding tickets for over 30 events so please be patient.

“We are now all looking forward to bringing you a bigger and better Driffield Show 2021.”

Driffield Show is by far the biggest event in the Driffield Agricultural Society’s calendar and attracts close to 20,000 people annually.

There was hope that figure could be surpassed this year, with the Show taking place within the six-week school summer holidays.

The cancellation will be a huge blow for the Driffield Agricultural Society and the Capital of the Wolds as a whole, with the Show bringing footfall to the town, thus boosting the economy.

Additionally, the Schools’ Food and Farming Education Day, which sees children from schools across Driffield, the Wolds, the East Riding, Hull and even further, has also been cancelled.

The educational event was due to be held in May.

The Driffield Agricultural Show,

“Yesterday the difficult decision was taken to cancel this year’s Education Day, with school’s closed and the Society nearing the point of incurring non-refundable costs, it was time to pull the day,” added Mr Tite.

“We will be back next year bigger and stronger with plenty of time to plan a superb day.

“Thank you to all the exhibitors, stewards, sponsors and donors that support this fantastic day.”

All events booked to take place at the Showground during March and April have been cancelled.

However, bookings for later in the year are being taken and it is hoped that these will be able to take place once the spread of the coronavirus subsides.

“Over the last few days, many showground bookings have been postponed or cancelled for March and April, which we, of course, fully endorse at this time of national and international hardship. 

“I would advise you to visit the What’s On page of our website before considering starting any journey to us. 

“We are still taking bookings for this year and into the future, so please do get in touch if you want to make a booking. ​

“As an organisation of over 166 years we aim to be fair at all times and show due diligence in our decision making. 

“The coming weeks are going to be hard for every single one of us. We wish you, your families and businesses all the very best for the coming days.”

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