The Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show, which was going to take place on 19th August 2020, has been cancelled.
The Chairman of the show, Richard Curtis, stated that the show was cancelled due to health and safety concerns surrounding the current COVID-19 situation.
The show, which is sponsored by many local businesses takes place at Turnpike Showground in Motcombe, along the Gillingham/Shaftesbury road.
The statement posted by the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show reads:
“It is with deep regret that we must inform you on behalf of the Board of Management at the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Society that the tough decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“The Show which was scheduled for the 19th August 2020 will not take place due to the current Government restrictions and uncertainty surrounding mass gatherings. We as a Society did not feel we could successfully introduce social distancing at the Show nor want to take away from the relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere on Show day. The number one priority is the safety of stewards, staff, competitors and public and for that reason we felt there was no other option but to cancel.
“We know this is disappointing not only to us, but our community, the traders who rely on customers at the Show and of course the incredible stewards who put this Show on, we all love this Show and we had some really exciting new plans for this year. However, we want to remain positive, planning begins now for next year, now more than ever we want to put the local producers in contact with consumers after a hard year, we will welcome back the farmers to their annual networking social and families will enjoy everything that is truly great about our Great British countryside.
“The Show team will shortly be in direct contact with all those that have booked tickets, trade stands or sponsorship with more information about what the cancellation will mean for them shortly.
“We hope you will join on Wednesday 18th August 2021 when we reopen the gates to the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show.
“In the meantime, the Society wishes to send its best wishes to you and your families during these difficult and uncertain times. We also pass our thoughts to all the heroic Key Workers including our outstanding NHS Workers and Farmers.”Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show
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