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BREAKING; More Events Succumb to Coronavirus Crisis

BREAKING; More Events Succumb to Coronavirus Crisis

THE 2020 SHOW season looks to have been well and truly decimated by the coronavirus pandemic with events being cancelled daily by organisers anxious to prevent the spread of the virus.

Today, the 42nd Enfield Pageant joined the list with the Trustees of the Enfield and District Vintage Vehicle Trust issuing a statement on the their webite:

"It is with regret that, by unanimous decision of the Trustees, we have to cancel the Enfield Pageant of Motoring, in line with government advice, to ensure the health of visitors and staff alike.

"Any deposit or booking monies paid will be refunded shortly.

"We will however, be returning in 2021, all being well, even stronger and determined to have a great show."

Yesterday, Mortons Media, organisers of the giant Stafford Classic Bike Show, postponed the April event until June, with this message:

"Following the recent announcement from the UK Government, Mortons Events has had to postpone the 40th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Show which was due to be held on April 25-26.

"The safety and well-being of our visitors, exhibitors, partners, contractors and staff is the most important factor and the key reason for postponing the event. The events team have been continually monitoring the latest public health and Government guidelines regarding the evolving COVID-19 situation and acting in accordance with their advice.
 
"We have secured new dates for the show at the Stafford County Showground which will now take place on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13, 2020. All ticket and trade bookings will be honoured for this new date. However, if you are unable to make this new date, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

"For all ticket enquiries please contact our Customer Services team on 01507 529529 or email [email protected]

"For all trade enquiries please contact our Shows team on 01507 529430 or email [email protected]

"Lines are open Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm.

"Thank you all for your patience, understanding and support in these unprecedented times."

Mortons have also cancelled April 5th's Newark Autojumble with a similar message:

"Following the recent announcement from the UK Government, Mortons Events has had to cancel the next Normous Newark due to take place on 5th April.

"The safety and well-being of our visitors, exhibitors, partners, contractors and staff is the most important factor and the key reason for postponing the event. The events team have been continually monitoring the latest public health and Government guidelines regarding the evolving COVID-19 situation and acting in accordance with their advice.

"The next Normous Newark is due to take place on 7th June as normal. All ticket and trade bookings will be honoured for this new date. However, if you are unable to make this new date, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

"For all ticket enquiries please contact our Customer Services team on 01507 529529 or email [email protected]

"For all trade enquiries please contact our Shows team on 01507 529430 or email [email protected]

"Lines are open Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm.

"Thank you all for your patience, understanding and support in these unprecedented times."

Easter's Coleford Carnival will not now be taking place, a proposed April A47 Autojumble has been cancelled, and the Ackworth Scammell Spectacular on April 25/26 has also been pulled.

Stickney Autojumble has suspended all events 'until fiurther notice', both HERO and the Endurance Rally Association have postponed forthcoming events (Flying Scotsman and Scottish Malts) but Basingstoke Festival of Transport will be going ahead this year, albeit not on the scheduled May 3 date, but postponed until September 13.

The 37th Hethersgill Annual Rally and Craft Fair, organised by the Hethersgill Vintage Club and due to take place, Sunday May 3 has been cancelled, and Surrey Street Rodders have postponed their annual Good Friday Wheels Day - it will be the 46th running of the event - until September 5. Their Facebook page statement reads:

"Dear Fellow Car Enthusiasts,

"Our top priority at “Wheelsday” is the health and safety of our club members, their families, our guests and the local community.

"Therefore, due to the wide spread effects of the Covid 19 virus and the government guidelines, we have taken the decision to postpone this years “Wheelsday”. It will now be 5th September 2020
It will be an open event as we understand that there will be many postponed events this year, so no need for pre entry to take part in the event.

"We have delayed making a decision for as long as possible due to the impact this will have on the charities you help us to support. However, we hope you understand our position but we feel that the health and safety of all is paramount.

"In the meantime, stay safe and healthy."

After postponing VolksWorld (see our earlier story), Kelsey Media have now cancelled their planned Classic Ford Show, due to take place at Mallory Park Circuit on June 7. Kelsey's statement reads:

"In light of the developing situation surrounding the Coronavirus, Kelsey Media, organisers of the Classic Ford Show, have concluded that we have no option but to cancel the 2020 event. With the growing uncertainty and existing Ford events already planned for later in the year, we felt that a full cancellation was unavoidable.

"We would like to thank the support of our venue partners at Mallory Park, our customers, clubs, traders and sponsors for their patience and understanding at this time. We were genuinely excited about the potential for the Classic Ford Show in 2020 and still firmly believe we can deliver a top flight event for all Blue Oval enthusiasts in the years ahead.

"We will be speaking with all traders, sponsors and ticket holders about your options over the coming days. You will have the option to transfer your booking to another event, or discuss a refund.

"At present, we have no further plans to cancel or postpone Kelsey’s other motoring events. But we will of course continue to monitor developments in the weeks ahead.

"The safety of the public and our staff is our number one priority and we will continue to review the advice from public health bodies and the government.

"Like other companies in this sector, Kelsey Media remain committed to delivering our events in a safe environment.

"We are working closely with the venues, taking whatever steps necessary to ensure the safety of the public and staff alike.

"If you have any further queries, please email us at [email protected], or call 01959 543730."

 

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