Leek Show Discontinued

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Leek & District Show – Staffordshire Moorlands’ premier agricultural event for more than half a century – is to be discontinued, organisers have announced.
The Show Committee’s ‘extremely reluctant and sad’ decision follows falls in attendance and revenues during the last two years, which have made the planning of future events ‘financially impossible/unviable’.
This year’s Show saw visitor numbers down by an estimated 5,000 after poor weather marred the event at the Birchall Playing Fields showground, Leek, on Saturday 27 July.
And in 2018, refunds had to be made to a large number of show class entrants, after officials deemed sections of the grounds to be unsafe for animals on show day.
Show Chairman Allan Pickering said: “Following two years of such setbacks, the Committee is extremely reluctant and sad to accept that it has now become unviable for us to carry on.
The annual cost of putting the Show on is in excess of £80,000, and this year’s fall in attendance – which can only be attributed to bad weather on the day – left us in an impossible position financially, particularly after our loss of revenue last year.
Even with the generosity of our main sponsor, Leek United, and others who have supported us financially, it is simply not viable for the show to continue in any way.”
Leek & District Show has been the highlight of the Staffordshire Moorlands calendar since the early 1960s, and this is not a decision we have taken lightly. Our hearts go out to all those who have helped to make it the huge family success it has been over the years.”
The Show has been held annually at Birchall Playing Fields since 1963, with the exception of 2001, when it was cancelled during a UK-wide outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.
Leek United has been main sponsor of the Show for the past six years.
Andrew Healy, the Society’s Chief Executive, said: “Leek & District Show has always embodied all that is good about the local community, bringing together businesses and families each summer, and we are all shocked and saddened at this news.
It has been our privilege to have forged a close working relationship with the Show’s organisers over the years, and all the hard work that has always gone into the planning and preparation of this event should not be forgotten.”
Allan added: “I would like to thank everyone – our sponsors, suppliers, supporters, patrons, Committee members, visitors and the whole local community – who have been involved in Leek & District Show over the years for their tireless efforts and dedication. Without them, we would never have been able to make the Show the success it has been and continue for as long as we have.”