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Royal Smithfield Christmas Fair Cancelled for 2007

The 2007 RSCF has been cancelled as a result of the devastating effects, and movement restrictions resulting from the unfortunate release of the FMD virus.

Royal Smithfield Christmas Fair

Following a meeting of the Royal Smithfield Club and the Royal Bath & West of England Society this morning, Monday 15 October, both organisations are deeply saddened to announce the cancellation. The situation has been carefully monitored since August 3rd when the disease was first confirmed, and the position has now become untenable, as licensing arrangements are unavailable – and no forecast can be given.

The fact that very good levels of livestock entries had been achieved by the Royal Smithfield Club makes this decision especially hard, and both organisations convey their best regards to those producers who are willing to consider showing even when the industry is at such a low point. All entry fees and trade stands booking will be refunded.

Chairman of the Royal Smithfield Club, Neil Gourlay, said: “This is a very sad day for the livestock industry across the whole country, facing a real crisis on so many fronts. Looking forward we must now plan for 2008, when surely things must be better.”

Edwin White, Chairman of the Royal Smithfield Show Board commented:
The livestock industry and show societies have had to take too many things on the chin this year. We are proud of the level of support that we have been shown for our joint initiative, and are starting to work on the 2008 show this afternoon, when we hope to be celebrating a significant recovery in our fortunes in this sector.

Plans are already underway for the 2008 Royal Smithfield Christmas Fair which will take place at the Royal Bath & West of England showground at Shepton Mallet, Somerset, on the 5th and 6th December.

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