Losses spell the end for Deeping Show

ERA ENDS: Roger Osborn with a steam powered threshing machine and baler at this year's Deeping Show.
ERA ENDS: Roger Osborn with a steam powered threshing machine and baler at this year's Deeping Show.
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Losses and low takings have spelled the end for Deeping Show after nearly 70 years.

Deeping Agricultural Show Society’s committee voted to end the show for good, with members fearing they may have to fork out cash from their own pockets if they had another wet year.

Chairman and farmer Ian Allen, whose father Frank helped found the show 68 years ago, says it was a sad decision but the only real option.

He said: “We just felt it wasn’t worth the risk of getting into debt.

“We didn’t lose money this year, but we lost heavily last year – £15,000 – and we didn’t feel like carrying on in case we had another very bad wet year.”

Mr Allen said expenses are rising but the income isn’t going up to match and the last six or seven years have been a struggle.

“Years ago it always seemed to be nice and sunny,” he said.

Mr Allen, who is in his 70s, has been to every show and first started to help out 55 years ago.

“My father was one of the instigators of the show when it originally started so obviously I would go along and I have been there ever since,” he said.

Mr Allen says the decision to close the show was “very, very sad”.