Farming show is forced to cancel

The Royal Bath and West Show has become the latest victim of the

crippling foot-and-mouth crisis as the events industry searches for ways

around the situation.

The organisers of the agricultural show, which was to be held at the

Bath and West Showground at the end of this month, had already decided

not to include any livestock but the whole event was called off

following advice from vets and agriculture ministry Maff.

'It was cancelled for a combination of reasons,' said Bath and West

Showground marketing officer Fran Weelen. 'The significant one was that

half of the components of the show could not go ahead. We discussed many

options, including holding the event later in the year.'

Alternative events are being planned including a possible concert with

proceeds going to farmers.

Meanwhile, this year's British Grand Prix at Silverstone will go ahead

as planned. There was speculation that the event in July would run but

without spectators.

'The Grand Prix will be going ahead,' said Silverstone group press and

PR manager Maria Bellanca. 'It was just speculation that the event would

not go ahead as planned. There were areas around the circuit which were

infected but they were not in proximity.'

ESS Orbit, which supplies temporary structures for outdoor events is

working with councils and event organisers to try to relocate rural

events to urban areas.

'It is something we want to help our clients with as they rely on that

income from the event,' said ESS Orbit marketing and advertising manager

Kate Errington. 'We've lost one job because of the crisis so far.

Somerset has been given the all-clear, but only time will tell what

effect it's had on business.'

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