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Royal Norfolk Show cancelled for 2021 due to coronavirus concerns



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The 2021 Royal Norfolk Show has been cancelled because of the continuing uncertainty created by the coronavirus crisis.

Officials announced the move a short time ago and say the decision to axe the event is necessary to secure the future of its organising the body, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA).

The show, which traditionally attracts tens of thousands of people, was one of many public events axed this year because of the pandemic.

There won't be scenes like this on the Norfolk Showground until 2022 after next year's Royal Norfolk Show was called off.
There won't be scenes like this on the Norfolk Showground until 2022 after next year's Royal Norfolk Show was called off.

RNAA chief executive Greg Smith said this evening: “This has been an extremely difficult decision for the Trustees and our executive team to make, but to ensure the long term sustainable future of the organisation we believe this is the right thing to do.

“The Royal Norfolk Show is the county’s biggest event of the year, attracting over 85,000 people over two days.

"To deliver a show of this scale and complexity takes a significant amount of planning and preparation by all involved.

The Countess of Wessex, president of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association at the 2019 Royal Norfolk Show, with Head Steward Peter Rout (left) and Robert Graham (right) (Show Judge).
The Countess of Wessex, president of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association at the 2019 Royal Norfolk Show, with Head Steward Peter Rout (left) and Robert Graham (right) (Show Judge).

"To reduce uncertainty and risk we believe this is the right decision to take now.”

The move comes after organisers of the Suffolk Show recently announced its 2021 event will also not take place.

RNAA chairman Rob Alston added that plans are being developed for other, smaller events in an effort to fill the gap left by the decision.

He said: “Of course, we recognise just how disappointing this will be for so many people but 2020 has had a serious impact on the organisation from which we must recover.

The Household Cavalry were among the star attractions at last year's Royal Norfolk Show.
The Household Cavalry were among the star attractions at last year's Royal Norfolk Show.

"Our priorities have to focus on ensuring we are in a strong financial position to support our charitable objectives and then return with a show to mark our 175th anniversary in June 2022”.

“Over the course of 2021 we will be putting on smaller events and activities, when and where possible.

"We also look forward to seeing the Norfolk Showground continue to flourish as one of our region’s major event venues.

"In the meantime, our Trustees and team are very grateful to all our stakeholders for their understanding and support.”



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