ORGANISERS cancelled a major agricultural show at the last minute after heavy rain left fields ankle-deep with mud.
Honley Show president Allen Turner made the decision at 6am on Saturday when all the marquees and stands were in place and some participants were on their way to the showgrounds at Farnley Tyas.
“Very, very reluctantly we had to call the show off on the grounds of health and safety,” he said.
“The condition of the ground was so bad that we were unable to move things around the site any more.
“There were parts of the field which were ankle-deep in mud.”
Mr Turner said he had still hoped to go ahead with the show less than 24 hours before it had been due to begin.
“At 5.30pm on Friday the place was still in good enough condition for the show to go on. It would have been a Wellington boot show, but it could have gone on,” he said.
“But, contrary to the weather forecasts, the heavy rain came in on Friday evening and it rained all through the night.”
All the equipment for the one-day event was already in place at the showgrounds off Thurstonland Road in Farnley Tyas when the organisers cancelled.