EMLEY Show is on the move after two wash-outs in the last five years.
Delighted organisers have succeeded in securing a new site for the popular agricultural show following repeated problems with flooding at Low Fields on Litherop Lane.
This year’s event, on August 2, will be at Factory Farm, Emley Moor, in the shadow of Emley Moor mast.
It will be the first time in 34 years that the show has not been held at Low Fields.
Show secretary Rachel Mackail said: “We are all extremely excited.
“After flooding twice in the last five years, because of the river at the back of the site, we were put in a position where we really had to move.
“Everyone was very disappointed last year when the show was cancelled. We put a lot of work into the show and we lost a lot of money.
“I think it will be exciting for the public too, going somewhere new and not knowing what it’s going to look like. It is easy to get into a rut, but this should give us a big boost.”
Last year’s show was cancelled at the last minute after torrential summer downpours.
It followed a similar problem in 2002, when the show was also called off.
The event had already suffered bad luck the year before that when it had to be scrapped because of the foot and mouth outbreak.
Last year’s show was one of several high-profile victims of the unseasonable deluge. Huddersfield Mela and Huddersfield Carnival also had to be cancelled.
Organisers moved quickly to ensure this year’s event went ahead by talking to Pat Hampshire, who is secretary of the show’s horse section and farms Factory Farm.
The plan to move to the 150-acre site was given the all-clear by Saville Estates, which owns the land, Kirklees Council, the fire service and police.
Mrs Mackail added: “It hasn’t been difficult at all. We were offered the land at Emley and it has taken about eight weeks since then to get all the permissions we needed.
“Lord Saville is delighted at the move, which should be a permanent one.”
There will be a new sheep section and dog show to add to the usual selection of categories at the show, as well as 14 marquees and trade stands and parking for 4,000 cars and horse boxes.