CORONAVIRUS: Clwyd’s Feature County Year and the Royal Welsh Show postponed until 2022
Image: The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, Facebook
The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society announced the cancellation of May’s Smallholding and Countryside Festival and the postponement of Clwyd’s Feature County Year and the Royal Welsh Show until 2022.
Celebrations last year were also cancelled due to the pandemic.
The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society said "Despite the postponement of the Royal Welsh Show, the Society is committed to exploring every opportunity to host smaller COVID compliant events during the summer and it is our ambition to host a bumper Winter Fair, before returning to a new normality in 2022. Further announcements will be made later in the Spring, when a better understanding of the pandemic and restrictions is available".
Chief Executive Steve Hughson said:
“We continue to work alongside the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales to create a Road Map for the safe re-opening of events. Our events are central to the rural economy and way of life and mean so much to members, exhibitors, traders and visitors and we fully understand the responsibility on all of us to ensure we deliver our events as soon as it is safe to do so. Despite these challenges the Society has stepped forward to support our local community by providing free facilities for a COVID Testing Centre and a mass vaccination centre.”
Chairman of the Board John T Davies said:
“It is with the regret that the decision has been made to cancel this year’s Smallholding and Countryside Festival and to postpone the Royal Welsh Show. We will explore the possibilities of smaller, alternative events this summer and with the Board of Directors will continue to focus on protecting our Society for the next generation. We greatly appreciate the support of our members and other stakeholders. The continued support of all associated with the Society has never been more important.”
Usual attendees of the events expressed their disappointments on twitter with:
"Will make a great hole in my year but can fully understand the reasons such a decision had to be taken"
"The right decision but a difficult one. We’ll all be ready for a really great season in 2022".
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