BREAKING NEWS: Coronavirus Concerns Cause April Event Postponements
TWO EVENTS PLANNED for April have been postponed due to the continuing uncertainty regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
The Newbury 4x4 and Vintage Spares Day, which was due to take place on Sunday 5th April at Newbury Showground has been postponed until Sunday 16th August. And the Bovingdon 'Bike, Boat & Car 'Jumble, also planned to take place in April in Hertfordshire, has also been postponed.
Newbury event organiser, Mark Woodward said this busy, well established event is normally the largest Land Rover and vintage spares autojumble event of its type in Europe, but the constantly evolving Coronavirus situation is a cause for concern. The team are also experiencing a lower than normal uptake with prebooked seller’s stands, which under the circumstances is understandable. "Over 80% plus of our sellers at this event are not professional traders who have to trade, our sellers are mostly enthusiasts/part time autojumblers who will wait this out until normality resumes."
Mark added: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but we feel that postponing the date until the 16th August is the best option in these uncertain times, which will minimise any Coronavirus risk to our traders, visitors and our own event team alike including attendees from Europe”.
Visitors and traders who have pre paid for advance tickets or trader plots can obtain a refund or transfer their tickets or plot booking to the rescheduled date (16th August) or the later Autumn Newbury event on the 4th October.
Barry Jones said that his Navestock Classic Car and Bike Autojumble, on Sunday April 19 will be going ahead as planned but the Bovingdon Airfield event (pictured above) has had to be scrapped for the time being. "Navestock is a much smaller event and as things stand I don't think there will be a problem. We were still waiting for a date from Bovingdon, due to filming on the airfield site, however, having sounded out some of my traders, I've taken their concerns on board, plus the fact that it's a much larger event - all things being equal we'll be back at Bovingdon for our regular event in July."
Meanwhile, many show organisers were urging exhibitors, traders and visitors not to panic and to heed government advice; there has been no move to cancel large events, not to mention the numerous autojumbles, shows and gatherings that take place in the UK during the spring and summer months. The deputy chief medical officer for England, Dr Jenny Harries said the argument for cancelling major events was not necessarily supported by science, adding: “The virus will not survive very long outside.”