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Moreton-in-Marsh show cancelled

Moreton-in-Marsh Show has been cancelled because of the ongoing problems caused by the FMD epidemic. It was going to take place on 1 September.

The committee decided to cancel this year’s showbecause of the continuing outbreaks of the disease and in consideration of the views of the local farming community.

“Naturally we are very disappointed,” said show secretary Tim Gardener. “When we cancelled the cattle, sheep and goat classes we thought we had a good chance of running. However, as competitors and spectators come from such a wide area, it would be extremely difficult to determine whether they have come from or travelled through infected areas on their way to the showground.

“Also, although the committee was prepared to put in place all the necessary FMD precautions, it would have be impossible for us to ensure that the showground was kept clear of livestock for 28 days before and after the show, as we do not own the land.”

Holding the horse classes at another, non-agricultural venue was considered but a suitable location could not be found, so the idea was abandoned.

Next year’s show is expected to take place on 7 September 2002.

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