Blackpool Championship Show abandoned
- Blackpool Championship Show secretary, Steve Hall talks to Marina Scott about the abandonment of the championship show. The showground was lashed with heavy rainfall leaving the ground saturated and waterlogged, even in the undercover rings. Steve talks about the reasons for having to call of the show and arrangements for exhibitors and trade stand holders.
- Stuart Baillie and Marina Scott speak to judges and exhibitors from the first day Blackpool Championship Show 2012 before the committee took the decision to call off the second and third days of the show.
The event was abandoned on day one of the three day event after heavy rain lashed the area.
A spokesman for the Met Office said that 39mm of rainfall was recorded at Squires Gate, next to Blackpool Airport but just to the east, near to Crown Fields at Westby, 50mm fell in just one day.
The average monthly total rainfall in the area for June is 59.77mm.
In the North west of England, flood warnings were issued to over 7,000 properties and over 11,000 homes and businesses were protected by Environment Agency defences. Flood defence schemes were operated at numerous locations including Preston, Wigan, Catterall and Garstang to protect homes.
Blackpool secretary Steve Hall said that health and safety considerations were the reasons behind the abandonment of the show.
Torrential rain and strong winds swept across the showground and some exhibitors waited up to three hours to be towed off the car park by tractor.
By 1pm on the Friday, more than 100 cars had been towed off a rain soaked car park.
In 2008 the final day of Blackpool show was abandoned when gale force winds blew marquees away. This year heavy rains set in and even some of the wet weather rings became waterlogged by mid-morning. In the afternoon wind speeds were estimated to be around 40mph.
A DEVASTATED Blackpool secretary Steve Hall told Dog World that health and safety considerations were the reasons behind the abandonment of the show.
For the second time in four years Blackpool ch sh has been devastated by the weather. Today torrential rain and strong winds swept across the showground and some exhibitors waited up to three hours to be towed off the car park by tractor.
Speaking exclusively to Dog World Mr Hall explained that the committee had reviewed all their options, including trying to secure alternative car parking space from a neighbouring farmer but their efforts were to no avail.
In 2008 the final day of Blackpool show was abandoned when gale force winds blew marquees away.
This year heavy rains set in and even some of the wet weather rings became waterlogged by mid-morning. In the afternoon wind speeds were estimated to be around 40mph.
Mr Hall told DW that the committee had been left with no alternative but to abandon the show with the health and safety of exhibitors and judges the over riding priority.
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We arrived at 10:30. The car park was practically impassable then. Luckily we were at the back of the car park and at 4pm all we had to do was to reverse back 20 meters on to the hard surface.
The benching was in 2-3 inches of water and the rings were not much better. This was challenging for little white fluffy dogs. Our judge Rita Morgan was outstanding. When we arrived she was judging King Charles Spaniels, then Min Pins and eventually the Coton de Tuléar. She did this without a break! Her sense of humour did not desert her in spite of the wet and the cold. Thank you Rita for making a miserable day most enjoyable. Congratulations to the stewards as well who continued cheerfully throughout.
Annie and Clive Lorton – Cotoncapers