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Tockwith Show cancelled due to ongoing Covid uncertainty

Organisers of the annual Tockwith Show have made the decision to cancel this year's event due to ongoing uncertainty around the impact of the pandemic. The show would have been the 75th to be staged since the event was first held in 1945 and was scheduled to be held in August. However uncertainty around ensuring the safety of the public in light of covid restrictions has lead organisers to make the "disappointing" decision to cancel the show for a second consecutive year. [caption id="attachment_7654" align="aligncenter" width="960"] The annual Tockwith Show will not go ahead this year.[/caption] Show President Michelle Lee said it was better to cancel the show now rather than end up staging something which didn’t match the quality of previous years:

"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. "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 are hoping that the second major event to be held on the showfield – the annual Bonfire and Fireworks night – will be able to go ahead in November. Michelle added:
"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. "However, we are going to try and ensure that the 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 20 new volunteers from within the community who have offered their help, and that really does bode well for the future."
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