THIS year's Royal Cheshire Show has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The popular event was due to return to on June 16 and 17, but the Cheshire Agricultural Society has decided to cancel the event to protect the public.

A spokesman at the Cheshire Agricultural Society said: "Upon careful consideration, The Cheshire Agricultural Society has unfortunately taken the decision to cancel this year’s Royal Cheshire County Show, held on Tuesday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 17 at Clay House Farm, Knutsford.

"Following new government measures announced earlier this week, the Cheshire Agricultural Society has decided that this is now our only viable option to ensure the health and safety of all exhibitors and attendees.

"The cancellation of this year’s Royal Cheshire County Show was a difficult decision to make as we understand that the show is greatly anticipated by all members of the agricultural community and the tens of thousands of visitors that we welcome annually.

"We were very much looking forward to welcoming you to our 2020 event, with an exciting line-up of attractions, exhibitions and demonstrations planned, however we hope you can fully support us in this decision and we will now start work on putting together an even bigger and better show for 2021."

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) says the cancellation is 'understandable', and has backed rural businesses to bounce back in 2021 following the pandemic.

Mark Riches, regional director, said: “The Royal Cheshire Show is a major focus for Cheshire farmers as well as the wider agricultural, food and equestrian sectors.

“We’ve had the same spot at the show for over 20 years and to hear that it won’t go ahead this year is sad, but completely understandable.

“Many rural businesses used the Royal Cheshire Show to showcase their products and services to the thousands of visitors, and it will undoubtedly hit these businesses hard. However, the rural sector is exceptionally resilient, having had more than its share of adversity in the past. I have every confidence the event will bounce back next year.

“Meanwhile the CLA continues to support its members through this difficult time with latest advice and information regarding Coronavirus. We are also holding regular calls with government officials and lobbying on measures needed to support them through these uncertain times.”

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