Come on Now!
What did I say in my previous post?
Please don't speculate, just ask.
Firstly, let's get straight a few facts:
The Great Yorkshire Show (GYS) is held every July. It's been held on the site for over
Here is the Official Press Release:PRESS RELEASE - 2012 GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW CANCELLED - Tuesday 10th July 18:20
Organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show have decided that the show will close at the end of today, and there will be no show tomorrow or Thursday.
Announcing the news Show Director Bill Cowling said: “This has been the most difficult decision that I have ever had to make. It is heartbreaking for all concerned, our exhibitors, our visitors and, of course, our staff. The decision has been made because our car parks have become too muddy to use with any safety, and the safety of our visitors has to come first. We are also conscious of our neighbours and did not want to risk people parking inconsiderately in Harrogate. We will be refunding all those who have bought tickets in advance and talking to our exhibitors.”
This is the 154th Great Yorkshire Show and it was hoped that more than 130,000 visitors would attend, but unprecedented amounts of rain have made that impossible.
Extensive preparations were made to combat the wet weather, including installing new roads and new drainage systems. “We have had more rain in the last month than ever before. Our showground is robust and has held up well, but if we cannot park cars safely then to cancel is a most difficult decision, but it is the right one,” said Mr Cowling.
.......and of the 154 events only 3 have been cancelled.
1914 - WW 1
1940 - WW 2
2001 (Foot & Mouth)
So that's War and pestilence.
So unless WW3 kicks off between now and 9th August or we have an influx of locusts, don't even give a thought to the ICCCR being cancelled.
(NOTE: Rumour of Lancashire farmers breeding genetically modified metal eating super-locusts as featured on page 3 of last weekend's "News of the World" should be treated with an appropriate "pinch of salt").
I was there on Tuesday with Nigel (Mr Chairman
), Andy (Mr Beer Festival
), Chris (Mr Entertainment
) and Hilly (Ms Food
) and everything was managing well with the damp conditions.
The Park and Ride scheme using the car park 2 miles away at Plumpton Rocks was full by 11:00am (see: http://goo.gl/maps/CnUI
Whilst many had heeded the request of the organisers to use public transport, others had found it too hard to leave their car at home and take the train/bus.
At 15:00 there was, what can only be described as, a "Cloudburst" and for 45 minutes the rain fell like the proverbial "stair rods".
This heavy rain, falling on saturated ground, had no where to go and as people emerged from their shelters the foot-fall started to get the mud oozing on the pathways between the stands on the inner site (area marked in red on the map here: http://tinyurl.com/8yx6j3s
As the afternoon drew on it was the Health and Safety aspect of people using the car parks and the risk of slipping/sliding/falling that caused the organisers to have to make the decision that they hoped thy would not have to....
Nigel & I visited the site yesterday and spent the whole afternoon touring round with the site owners to see every corner of the 250 Acres.
I was amazed to see that what had been the "ploughed battlefield" shown earlier in this thread had gone and were replaced by smooth flat areas of "graded" earth.
The next job that the GYS will perform is to roll and seed them.
The GYS are holding a meeting on Monday 16th July to agree the works that need to be carried out to recover the damage and to reduce the impact of sodden ground suffering from the impact of vehicles and heavy rain.
There are parts of what we had designated the Camping area that will not be fully recovered by the 9th August, these will be fenced off to give the remediation that GYS will perform to have a chance. Some of their work will be over a period of up to 1 year, and the arrival of the 2013 GYS.
The good news is that there are large areas of the site that will be fully recovered for 9th August - at a guess 80 - 85%, so that still gives us 200 Acres to "play with".
It should also be borne in mind that as of today (14-JUL-12) we have 1,597 vehicles and 3,236 participants booked. We anticipate that the figures will be around 2,500 vehicles visiting us over the 4 days and 5,000 participants.
Compare that the the 30,000+ per day visitors at the GYS , 10,000 animals and total attendance over the 3 days of 100,000+ visitors.We, the organisers of the 15th ICCCR, have full confidence that the site can support all of our demands.
If it does rain (No, we are not
taking bats), there are extensive open buildings (See: Aulnay1 & Aulnay 2 on the map http://tinyurl.com/8yx6j3s
) which would hold the whole of the outdoor trade stands + More).
In addition, we have put together contingency plans covering various scenarios which could go as far as re-locating all camping to within the internal site, and still have lots of space to display vehicles in an orderly manner.
This week we have held a series of conference calls between the Directors of ICCCR(2012) Ltd and the key volunteers with responsibility for the different aspects of the event.
I can assure you that everything is "Green" and "Good to Go".
So PLEASE if you have any questions or concerns - contact me directly
and I will personally take responsibility for seeing that your concerns are addressed....
...BUT I WOULD ASK:
1. Read the FAQ's, here: http://icccr2012.org.uk/new/en/faq.shtml where you will probably find the answer to your question.Cancellation is not a word that is in my vocabulary!
2. Realise that it takes time to answer, and my time is limited, so decide if your question will be asked by everyone, a handful of people or just you... and help me to manage my time by not wasting it.
3. it took 2.5 hours (and 3 Mugs of Tea) to produce this response, which will (hopefully) attempt to go some way to address any/all concerns that the impact of what happened on Tuesday 10th July with the GYS has only a minimal impact on what we are doing.
4. Remember that our event will be that largest event (after the GYS) to use the whole site. The site owners will be doing everything they can to ensure that we have a 1st class event at a 1st class site!
If it rains, it rains - so we sell more umbrellas (see: http://tinyurl.com/ICCCR-Umbrella
If the sun shines we sell more sun parasols (see: http://tinyurl.com/ICCCR-Parasol
My Pint is half full and filling, don't let yours be half empty and draining (BTW Did I mention that we are having a beer festival on site.....).
Mick (07766 785 563)
PS We have simplified the entry/registration process and WILL NOT BE SENDING TICKETS - See next POST "Where's My F*****g Ticket?"
PPS We have on-site accommodation available at £25 per person per night (Single rooms only) - See next but one post "Special ICCCR limited offer: £25 to Listen to Mick Snorrrring"!