LANGHOLM Show has been cancelled because of wet ground.
The show committee had hoped to go ahead with the traditional agricultural event as late as yesterday (Wednesday) but reluctantly cancelled it last night.
A message to TheSouthern from show secretary Alison Brodie this morning said: “Langholm Show has been cancelled due to ground conditions.”
The full show committee of the Eskdale Agricultural Society had met on the Castleholm showground on Sunday to assess the situation.
And it had been decided then to move the event to a different area within the field because of conditions underfoot. That forced the cancellation of the show’s carriage and cone-driving competitions then but organisers had hoped the rest of the show could go ahead.
They agreed to make a final decision last night before putting up the show’s marquees, when they deemed the soggy ground unusable.
Saturday was to have seen the first Bluefaced Leicester classes in the sheep show. And organisers had lined up children’s sports events for the first time.
Entries too had held up which encouraged the hard-working committee.
Speaking before the cancellation, Mrs Brodie had told us: “Entries are much the same as they were last year: we’re pleased with them. They are good across the board and we’ve a strong entry in the prime lambs.”
The cancellation of the show also means the Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling 12-stone world championship, which was to have entertained show-goers, will have to be rescheduled.
Local MP David Mundell was to have presented the 70-odd trophies to prizewinners.
Any queries to Mrs Brodie on 01461 600646 or by email to email@example.com