Royal Cornwall Show: Weather blamed for fewer visitors

Royal Cornwall Show, June 2012
Image caption On the opening day of the show, farmers had to move their sheep to safety when high winds threatened to destroy the marquee they were in

Gales and driving rain have been blamed for a fall in the number of visitors to Cornwall's annual agricultural show.

The three-day Royal Cornwall Show at Wadebridge last week attracted 113,775 visitors - 13,613 down on the 2011 attendance figure of 127,388.

"Disappointed" organisers said poor weather was probably to blame for the drop in numbers.

Show secretary Christopher Riddle said: "There are some things over which we have no control."

Extreme weather disrupted the first day of the show on Thursday.

'Top class'

More than 1,000 sheep had to be moved to safety amid fears the marquee they were in was about to collapse because of high winds.

"Naturally, it is disappointing," Mr Riddle said.

He said those who did attend "had a great show to experience".

"The farming element was top class and the main ring entertainment was probably the most spectacular we have ever staged," he added.

A record attendance of 129,000 was set at the show in 2008.

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