Romsey Show 2021 cancelled
THE Romsey Show has become the latest agricultural festival to be cancelled this year after the lifting of lockdown restrictions was pushed back.
The cancellation of the event on 11th September, for the second year running, follows the New Forest Show also being axed for 2021.
The Romsey operation is popular with exhibitors from the New Forest and across Hampshire, and the Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show Society said the decision had been "sad and extremely difficult".
In a statement the organisation noted the delay to the 21st June lockdown lifting, and said: "As a registered charity and with only two paid members of staff, we rely heavily on volunteers to hold our annual show, which costs in excess of £242,000.
"Over the past few months, we have been planning a 'different look' Romsey Show to take into account limitations due to Covid-19.
"However, along with the postponement of restrictions lifting, it has become apparent that many traders have decided not to exhibit this year due to stock issues, staff on furlough and the uncertainty of visitor numbers.
"Add that to no Covid event insurance, no livestock competitions, no main ring entertainment and no guarantee of visitor numbers, all whilst the costs of putting on the show remain the same if not greater, means that not only is it not financially viable, the show would be nothing like the Romsey Show our visitors have come to know and love.
"Therefore, our trustees have made the decision to take a longer-term view in order to protect our financial position and secure the show for generations to come."
The statement added: "Our trustees and show secretary are extremely disappointed to be in this position for the second year running and wish to thank our traders, sponsors, contractors and members who have shown their commitment this year, we truly appreciate your support, and we will be in touch as soon as possible regarding the next steps of cancellation.
"Please do bear with us, we will contact you individually."