Suffolk Show exhibitors offered refund after second day cancelled

Many traders are insisting they will not be taking up the offer

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Organisers of the Suffolk Show have confirmed they are to offer a part refund to exhibitors after its second day was abandoned due to high winds.

The Suffolk Agricultural Association (SAA) called off the event at Trinity Park near Ipswich on 8 June, with a loss of at least £500,000 in revenue.

It has already offered money back to ticket holders.

Trade and livestock stands and equine exhibitors can decline the offer and "support the SAA", it said.

SAA executive director Christopher Bushby said the decision to refund 700 businesses, which account for £440,000 of the show's income, was unanimously agreed by the executive board and show committee.

'Recognition for generosity'

"It is vital that we do not lose the goodwill toward us and we take a long term view to bear the short term pain of the situation in order not to lose this support," he added.

He said "a number of trade stands" reported a good turnover and more than 700 livestock and equine classes went ahead on the first day of what should have been a two-day event.

Trade stand holders can either opt for a cash refund of 30% of the total booking fee, or forgo a claim in order to "support the SAA", a statement added.

In return, they will receive recognition in next year's show catalogue and Annual Report for their generosity.

Details about refunds for ticket holders were available on the Suffolk Show website.

The final footfall for 7 June s yet to be confirmed but is expected to be between 40,000 and 50,000, the SAA said.

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