ROTHERHAM Show has become the latest coronavirus casualty — with organisers saying it would be “impossible” to hold it this year.
Rotherham Council has promised “smaller cultural events” online throughout the year to fill the gap.
The annual show, which attracts tens of thousands of people to Clifton Park, is one of the biggest free events of its kind in the country.
But government guidelines currently prevent events and mass gatherings, and many vendors, artists and stallholders are either on furlough or furloughing staff.
The council said the outbreak had therefore made it “impossible” to hold this year's Rotherham Show safely.
A video released today shows council figures and people set to take part in the Show celebrating its attractions but explaining why it can't go ahead for 2020.
The council’s cabinet member for cleaner, greener communities, Cllr Sarah Allen, said: “We are extremely disappointed that this year’s Rotherham Show will not go ahead as planned but the decision has been made with the safety of people across the borough in mind.
“We know it’s a difficult time for many and over the coming months we will look to create opportunities for people to safely come together, help our communities to collectively recover, support those who have lost loved ones to grieve and celebrate the contribution of our key workers and volunteers.
“Rotherham Show has been a firm favourite in the calendar for local residents and visitors from outside of the area for many years, but despite our best efforts it hasn’t been possible to arrange it in a way that would be safe for everyone at the moment. We very much intend this to be a one-off cancellation, and we look forward to welcoming people to the show again next year.”
The decision is subject to approval at the council’s next cabinet meeting.
A council spokesman said the authority and its and partners would be pursuing a series of smaller cultural events, which will include online content for people to engage with from their homes, through the course of the year as restrictions are lifted.
“More details will be announced in due course,” he added.