This year’s Skelton Show will not go ahead, organisers have confirmed.
Following the committee’s AGM last night, it was agreed to hold the show, which normally takes place at Old Park at Hutton in the Forest, near Penrith, online instead.
A statement said: “The prospect of holding the 2021 show was discussed at length.
“Although the anticipated date to return to ‘normal’ life is Monday June 21, the lockdown road map currently states that further work is required on how to safely hold outdoor events with a possibility of mass testing requirements upon entry.
“Taking on board the ongoing uncertainty and risk of delays to the end of the restriction period, and with time now critical for all the organizational preparations to make the show happen, the timing and odds were stacked against us.
“After much debate the committee felt we have a responsibility to our community to make the right decision and sadly consented that it was prudent to cancel this year’s show on the proviso of bouncing back with an exciting show at full capacity in 2022.”
The AGM agreed that as people were looking forward to a social event at the end of the year, a dinner and dance, with a live band, will be organised.
Details of the 2021 virtual Skelton Show will be announced soon.