Wilmslow Show cancelled due to heavy rain


Unfortunately the 101st Wilmslow Show, due to be held on Sunday 8th July, has had to be cancelled as the field at Wilmslow High School is waterlogged.

Don Henderson, Treasurer of the Wilmslow Show, said "Conditions underfoot and overhead make it impossible to set the field and marquees up today and there is no sign of any improvement."

"It really is so disappointing as so much work goes into the show starting over 9 months ago. We hope that we shall be able to put on another show next year and we already have a date - Sunday July 14th 2013!!"

Wilmslow Show


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Jean Maddox
Saturday 7th July 2012 at 4:26 pm
What a pity that Wilmslow Show has had to be called off. It was so good last year. Would it not be possible to re-schedule it for September as, often, we get a late Summer.
Patricia Chadwick
Saturday 7th July 2012 at 6:10 pm
I agree with Jean Maddox it would be nice if it could be re-arranged for later in the season.
Barry Stafford
Tuesday 10th July 2012 at 4:17 pm
Not sure who made the decision on Fri., to cancel as Sat and Sun were dry and a local said the ground was ok.I recently did Tabley Game Fair, that was a quagmire,but people used their brains and took wellies and boots.A lot of money was lossed last Sun. and traders must be well out of pocket,if they bought foodstuffs to sell.Was it a case of 'The dreaded Health & Safety' again???
Donald Henderson
Wednesday 11th July 2012 at 6:47 pm
Thank you Jean & Patricia. Sadly, it will not be possible to rearrange the show for this year, but we already have a date for 2013 - Sunday 14th July when surely we can't be so unlucky.
Barry, it may be OK to leave the field at Tabley as a quagmire but Wilmslow High School playing field is another matter with their sports day still to come this Friday.
The decision to cancel was not, I can assure you, taken lightly. A huge amount of work goes into the show by a very small number of people over the course of 10 months and the last thing we need is for all that work to be in vain.
It was of course difficult to understand the reasons for cancelling when the weekend was largely dry and sunny but when the marquee people arrived and saw the saturated field, they were apprehensive about driving on to it. The field has to set up on the Friday to allow traders, funfair etc access on Saturday and whoever your "local" was who said it was "OK" can't have done a thorough inspection or perhaps didn't check the field adjacent to the by-pass used for car parking - it still had large areas of standing water on Sunday morning. The loss of parking could have caused considerable traffic chaos on the by-pass and damage to the school field would have jeopardised our prospects of using the field next year.
After lengthy consultation with school ground staff, the head of sport, the professional team who set up the field, the weather forecast for the weekend at the time (more rain predicted) and our own experience (I've been involved with staging the show for 30 years) the decision was made in order to give as much notice as possible to all participants - traders, competitors, exhibitors etc.- which involved hundreds of emails & phone calls.
Finally, although "the dreaded Health & Safety" was not uppermost in our minds we do take seriously the safety of our visitors.
WIlmslow Show Ltd assures everyone that any money paid as a deposit will be refunded in full and apologises for any inconvenience caused.
We have received many messages of support and we thank you for that and your understanding in this difficult year.
We hope to see you all at the show next year.
Jean Maddox
Wednesday 11th July 2012 at 8:37 pm
Thanks, Donald. I understand everything you're saying, and with so many people to consider, you did the right thing. The weather on Friday was absolutely horrendous and the forecast for the weekend wasn't good. Even though it turned out better than was forecast I can understand that you had to make the decision on Friday and it must have been a difficult one at that. Let's hope that next year is like last year and then a good time can be had by all!
Patricia Chadwick
Wednesday 11th July 2012 at 10:46 pm
I thank you for such a detailed reply I do understand that you had to make the decision to cancel the show, I also understand that it takes a lot of organising such an event and have made a note in my diary for next year. .