Royal Norfolk Show 2012 lost £200,000 'due to weather and Olympics'

Aerial view of Royal Norfolk Show 2011 The 2013 Royal Norfolk Show will go ahead despite making a loss last year

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The organiser of the Royal Norfolk Show says a £200,000 loss revealed in last year's accounts was due to the weather and a busy calendar.

Just under 84,000 people attended the two-day show compared to the normal 90,000 to 95,000 visitors, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association said.

Chief executive Greg Smith said this year's show, on 26-27 June at the Norfolk Showground, would go ahead.

"We view last year as being a bit of a blip," he said.

The show, which dates back to 1847, hosts livestock, grandstand performances, trade stands and fairground attractions.

'Magic ingredient'

Mr Smith said despite the lowest turnout in 25 years he was confident the show still offered an "exceptional" day out and was good value for money.

Ticket prices have been frozen for this year and cost from £19 for adults and £7 for children.

"We were in common with a lot of events last year, which were affected by that one magic ingredient - the weather," Mr Smith said.

"It was also a really, really busy summer.

"We'd just had two bank holidays to celebrate Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee and had the Olympics to look forward to."

The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, which also organises the Spring Fling at the showground in Norwich, made a £15,000 profit last year despite the Norfolk Show loss.

The organisers of the Suffolk Show also reported a loss last year, about £500,000.

The second and final day of the show was cancelled due to strong winds which had blown away several tents.

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