Historic Moorgreen Country Show cancelled

A country show which has been running for more than 160 years has been cancelled.

Organisers said the Moorgreen Country Show in Nottinghamshire attracted up to 40,000 visitors in its heyday but numbers had fallen in recent years.

Robert Steeples, chairman of the board of directors, blamed lack of finances, bad weather and societal changes for the decline in the visitors.

He said it was the first time the event would not go ahead since 1849.

'Things have changed'

Mr Steeples added: "After a period of falling revenues the directors have taken the decision that instead of putting ourselves in financial distress, we will stop the show so that we don't incur debts.

"The show has sustained losses over the last seven years. People don't attend shows like they used to. People don't have the money to go out as much. Things have changed."

In previous years the show featured trade stalls, exhibitions, show jumping displays and showcased the area's rural heritage.

Mr Steeples blamed the hunting ban for a drop in the number of horses entering categories and said they had struggled to get interest from volunteers for the show.

"We have to accept there are generations that haven't been brought up in the countryside," he added.

"They don't worry about the issues that affect the countryside anymore. It's disenchantment and disengagement."

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