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Surrey County Show joins list of events cancelled because of coronavirus

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Surrey County Show joins list of events cancelled because of coronavirus

Published at 8:13pm 18th March 2020. (Updated at 12:59pm 19th March 2020)

The Surrey County Show has joined the ever growing list of events to be cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

It had been due to take place in Guildford's Stoke Park on 25 May.

The event, which has been part of the agricultural calendar since 1954, usually welcomes more than 40,000 people.

Organisers say they are looking at alternative options to run a show "later in the year, providing it’s safe to do so".

A statement on the event's website reads:

"Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the current measures being advised by the Government in relation to social isolation and the withdrawal of emergency services, our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, members and you, our audience.

"This in conjunction with the announcement by Guildford Borough Council that they are cancelling all events on their premises until the 1st June 2020, has meant we have been forced to make the extremely difficult decision to cancel this year’s event which was due to take place on Monday 25th May 2020.

"This has not been an easy decision to make and we understand that this cancellation will be as disappointing to you, as it is to us.

"We are also intent on securing our Charity’s continuity and ensuring that we are here for you to enjoy future County Shows.  As a financially independent charity, our next steps must be carefully planned.

"As you can imagine, with our event being only 9 weeks away, planning has been in full swing for some months now and considerable costs have already been incurred. 

"We are currently looking at alternative options and are in discussion with our contractors and entertainers, together with a number of other agricultural societies.

"This is to ensure we do not clash with other shows and that we provide the usual County Show offerings with a view to running a show later in the year, providing it’s safe to do so.  Further information will be available as soon as possible."