RUTHIN’S popular flower show has been cancelled.
Ruthin Flower and Country Show, due to take place in August, show has been called off due to a lack of a venue for this year’s event.
The show is held annually at Ruthin Farmer’s Market but building works at the mart have led to the cancellation of the flower show.
The site works would see enhanced weather protected facilities.
Initially it was thought that the works would be completed in time for the show to go ahead in August as usual.
But the works will not now be completed in time.
A suitable alternative site was sought but none were deemed large enough to hold the full show.
In a letter to The Free Press (see page 22) Jeff Helliwell, Ruthin Show Society publicity officer, said: “The committee looked at alternative locations, but with such a large scale event, this proved to be impossible if we were to maintain the standards and opportunities that were given to exhibitors and visitors in the past. Our show has such a range of activities taking place and space is a primary requirement.”
The Ruthin Show Society will continue to hold smaller events throughout the year.
These events will include a series of coffee mornings to raise funds for next year's show.
Ruthin traders were disappointed that the show will not take place this year.
“It’s a shame it’s not happening this year. It’s been going on for so long and draws a lot of people into town. Any milestone in our town is important. It draws people in and is good for business and brings the community together. After a year has lapsed people might be a bit unsure about the show,” said Sioned Williams, of Siop Elfair
Marie Weston, of No.32 Natures Treasures, said: “It’s very disappointing as it is normally a great draw for the town”
Deputy Mayor of Ruthin Stephen Beach said: "It's disappointing that there will be no flower show this year but it means we can all look forward to a bigger and better flower show in Ruthin next year".