Despite the event being cancelled, the crowd turned out for International Cheese Awards
The decision was Made to cancel the event due to health and safety concerns with the Dorfold Park show ground
Organisers of the Nantwich Show have thanked people for their support in the last minute decision to cancel the annual event .
The tough call was made at the eleventh hour on Tuesday (July 30) after emergency talks with the show's insurers deemed the Dorfold Park site was not safe for the event to go ahead following the torrential weather the area has suffered over the past week.
It is only the third time the event has been cancelled in its 122-year history and a decision that chairman of Nantwich Agricultural Society, Michael-John Parkin says was 'one of the toughest he's ever made in his life.'
Crowds were still able to enjoy all things Cheese
Nantwich Show is the largest agricultural event in the country and features the International Cheese Awards. It takes hundreds of man hours to organise months in advance, as well as an army of volunteers behind the organisation and logistics of the event.
Despite the show ground being closed due to the awful condition of the ground, The International Cheese Awards open day still went ahead and was hailed a great success.
The marquee was still busting with people and there were cookery demonstrations from TV chef James Martin and lots of activity through the day.
James Martin still delights the audience in the International Cheese Pavillion, the only event to go ahead after the cancellation of the 2019 Nantwich Show
The hospitality tent, sponsored by Joseph Heler Cheese, was also bustling, with a three course meal on offer.
Michael-John Parkin said: "The decision to cancel the event was done with the health and safety of the public in mind.
"I would just like to thank everyone who shared the news on social media yesterday. Thankfully the feedback was positive and people have clearly understood the reasons behind the decision, and the fact it was not taken lightly.
"It was fantastic therefore to see people turn out today for the International Cheese Awards public day. Everyone pushed to ensure that the 'show could go on' as much as possible.
Spirits were still high with lots of traded stands in the Cheese Pavillion
"Once again I would like to personally thank the hundreds of volunteers who contributed thousands of hours over the last few weeks to put the show together. It's been a very challenging week for us all."
Comments made on the Nantwich Show Facebook site included: "A tough decision all round but the safest one to make."
Another added: "Sorry to hear this with all the work so many put in. After the hottest day of the year last week it was looking good for the show. I wish you all well for next year."
For anyone who purchased tickets to the event will be able to get a full refund. Details on how to do this will be available over the next week.
For more information go to www.nantwichshow.co.uk.
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