Organisers call time on Deeping Show

Vintage tractors in the grand parade at Deeping Show 2013

Vintage tractors in the grand parade at Deeping Show 2013

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The organisers of an agricultural show that has been running for nearly 70 years have been forced to cancel the event after years of low takings.

Deeping Agricultural Show Society made the decision to wind up Deeping Show to avoid any future financial problems.

The show, which takes place in June every year on the showground in Millfield Road, Market Deeping, attracted a large crowd this year.

But poor weather over the last six or seven years and in particular last year has had a huge impact on the money made by the show.

Society chairman Ian Allen said: “If we have another wet year we could be in serious trouble. We thought it was better to stop now, rather than risk losing money and being in debt.

“It was a tough decision and some wanted to keep going but the majority voted to stop the show. It’s very sad that it has come to this.”

The show has been running for 68 years and attracts hundreds of visitors to the Deepings every year. Local schools and sports clubs take part and entrants to the livestock section come from all over the region.

But the running costs of more than £50,000 have just become too much for the committee.

Mr Allen said: “I would like to thank all those who have supported us over the years very much.”