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Update: Swaffham Classic Car Show cancelled




A popular classic car show has been cancelled, organisers have announced this afternoon (Thursday, August 13).

Planning has already started for the 2021 Swaffham Classic Car Show after this year's Recreation Ground event has been cancelled.

Those who are interested in taking part in next year's event are asked to contact 01760 722922 or email reception@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk.

A previous classic car rally and family fun day at Swaffham Recreation Ground. Pictured are some of the many cars lined up on display at the show
A previous classic car rally and family fun day at Swaffham Recreation Ground. Pictured are some of the many cars lined up on display at the show

It comes after organisers had vowed to continue to discuss plans during a town council meeting in July.

At the time, Swaffham town councillor Colin Houghton said plans for the rally at the Haspells Road Recreational Ground were faced with “general uncertainty” due to Covid-19 but organisers had already put in “50 per cent” of the preparatory work needed.

Mr Houghton said: "We have been in contact with car clubs and we have spoken to some past participants in terms of stalls, and it seems some are willing but there is general uncertainty."

Councillor Paul Darby said the event should be cancelled due to late notice and suggested concentrating all efforts into next year’s rally instead.

But councillor Stewart Bell said social distancing would not be a problem as it is “still fresh” in people’s mind, so he argued the rally should go ahead at the time.

This view was echoed by councillor Lindsay Beech who said: “We need to do something for the town as no-one else is doing much.”

She also emphasised the event would be outdoors "unlike churches and theatres".

Speaking at the time, Mr Houghton said: "If we can, we will forge ahead if that is okay with everyone."

"We will pursue our efforts but if it hits a brick wall then fair enough."

Councillor Ian Pilcher said he was an "enthusiast" who would support the event in normal circumstances, but admitted he was "nervous" about the parameters surrounding people gathering together.

Mr Pilcher added: "Inevitable focus will see people gathering around massive displays so I am wondering if it's fair for you as organisers."



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