Following an emergency committee meeting with Rally Chairman and Trustees, it is with much sadness in our hearts we announce yet another cancellation of the Weeting Steam Engine Rally & Country Show. The 2021 rally will not be going ahead.
It has not been an easy decision, but with the current situation due to the Indian variant of Covid and talk of the Government lockdown easing possibly being pushed back later than 21 June, along with spiralling costs due to the pandemic and unclear advice from the local council, cancelling is our only option.
We want to be able to put on a good show and these added risks would prevent us from doing so.
We have a duty of care and responsibility and the health and safety of our exhibitors, traders, volunteers and the general public is a priority, especially regarding the concerns of a resurgence of the virus, due to the variant strain and unvaccinated persons.
We are very aware of the added impact our event would have on local services, the NHS and all emergency services and do not want to further stretch their capabilities, or put extra strain on anyone involved.
We very much appreciate and congratulate all key workers and their efforts throughout this pandemic, over the past year or so it has changed the way we live our lives and go about normal routines.
Our section leaders are aware of this decision and will shortly be contacting all exhibitors about 2021 entries, with a letter and invitation to exhibit at our 2022 rally.
Traders, Craft and Food stands and Camping will be contacted about your 2021 entries.
Again, this is not the outcome that any of us involved in organising the Rally had hoped for, and we’re sure you all feel the same. The decision to cancel has been hard, but as many of you are aware this past year has very much been out of the ordinary.
We would like to thank you all for being patient with us in making this decision, and going forward for next year we hope to come back stronger and better than ever.
We wish you all the very best for the rest of the year and can’t wait to see you all in 2022, our Rally being held on 15th, 16th and 17th July 2022.
Trustees of the Weeting Steam Engine Rally.