Guisborough town fair, planned for next Sunday at Gisborough Hall, has been cancelled due to the condition of the ground.
Officials and grounds maintenance staff examined the car parks and hotel grounds on Monday afternoon and concluded that it would be unwise to go ahead with the event.
“The torrential rain of the last few weeks has made the ground like a soft sponge. If we were to go ahead, the car park would quickly become an impassable quagmire and the hotel lawns would be ruined.”
“Even if we had no more rain before Sunday, we doubt that the ground will have recovered sufficiently to be used safely,” said spokesman and event organiser Peter Sotheran. “In the circumstances, we have no option but to cancel the event.” It is the first time in fifty years of organising events in the area that Mr Sotheran had to give way to the weather.
First organised in 2004, the event regularly draws crowds of over 4000 people. Up to 60 charities and local voluntary organisations set out their stalls to recruit members, raise funds and to raise awareness of their groups’ activities. Over £40,000 has been raised for local charities and the Rotary Club’s charity fund.
“The Guisborough & Great Ayton Rotary Club is very sorry to disappoint all those organisations that have worked so hard to prepare for the event,” added Terry Milward, president of the Guisborough & Great Ayton Rotary Club that has organised the annual event for the last nine years.
Next year’s event has been set for Sunday 16th June. To contact the Rotary Club with any queries or to reclaim tombola prizes, write to firstname.lastname@example.org .