Heavy rain forces annual Mablethorpe Show to be cancelled

John Conyers, Mike Eyre, David Black and show organiser Mark Nicholson at the waterlogged site.
John Conyers, Mike Eyre, David Black and show organiser Mark Nicholson at the waterlogged site.
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THE summer washout has forced the annual Mablethorpe and District Show to be cancelled, and has been described as a ‘great loss to the local community and tourists’ by organisers.

The annual show was planned for this Sunday, July 15, but the heavy rain has left the Tennyson School field waterlogged.

Last year around 2,500 people crammed in for the annual open-air event, which has entertained crowds with top quality acts and local stalls for over ten years.

John Conyers, chairman of the Mablethorpe Show Committee and new president of the Alford and Mablethorpe Rotary Club, bemoaned the atrocious weather and the impact the loss of the show will have.

“This is devastating news,” he said.

“Not only is it a great loss to the local community and tourists, but the charities and local businesses who benefit.

“Last year £4,500 was raised for local causes through the event, so this is yet another blow.

“The decision wasn’t made lightly, the field was inspected on Monday and it it completely waterlogged after an extraordinary amount of rain.”

The show was in danger of being scrapped back in 1999 until the Rotary club stepped in and it has been a roaring success ever since thanks to a successful partnership with the Tennyson School Association.

It has only ever been cancelled once before, when the summer floods of 2007 left the field under water.

Attentions now turn to the Mablethorpe lights switch-on and the Sutton on Sea Carnival at the end of July.

How much of a loss is the show to the summer calendar? How will this affect the local community and tourists? Email your views to sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk.