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Stuart Hollings: The current scenario is more serious *H&H Plus*

Opinion

As we embark on another decade of showing, we also find ourselves living amid an unprecedented and movie-like crisis with increases of Covid-19 cases reported daily throughout the world. The motivational poster published by the British Government in 1939 in preparation for World War II, stating “Keep calm and carry on”, has never been more relevant.

Last month, as show secretary of the now-postponed North of England spring show – originally scheduled for Easter – I felt as if I was preparing for an exam I was not likely to pass. The nearest comparable scenario I’ve encountered was in 2001, when county shows and events fell victim to the foot-and-mouth epidemic.