TEWKESBURY CLASSIC, SCONE PALACE & SCOTTISH TRANSPORT EXTRAVAGANZA CANCELLED
ANOTHER DAY, AND MORE cancellations on the events front in this ongoing war against Covid-19. Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival and Scone Palace have thrown in the towel and one of Scotland's largest and longest established events, the Scottish Transport Extravaganza at Glamis Castle, will not be held this month.
Tewkesbury's organising committee issed the following statement today: "Following many successful years of organising the Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival, I regret to inform you that the event, due to take place at Tewkesbury School on Sunday 23 August 2020, will no longer go ahead.
"The Rotary Club of Tewkesbury and its' Classic Vehicle Festival organising committee have deemed it irresponsible to proceed with organising such a mass gathering. With visitor numbers now exceeding 5,000 at the popular one-day event, we do not want to become a potential 'hotspot' for spreading the Covid-19 virus. The safety of our exhibitors, performers, volunteers and visitors is paramount - we value you all far too much to take that risk!
"Our "Keep Calm & Carry On" approach is no longer practical with the Covid-19 situation continuously evolving. Whilst the Government guidelines may well stipulate different measures for 'Festivals' by August, the threat of a possible second wave still looms over us. We'd rather return with peace of mind in 2021 and look forward to delivering an even bigger and better show.
"If you have already purchased your entry tickets, be it a visitor, a show vehicle exhibitor, car club or trade stand we would be exceedingly grateful if you could roll it over until next year. By doing so, you will not only be supporting the shows future sustainability but all the marvellous charities that the event supports.
"As you can imagine, the cancellation of the event will have a significant impact on the support that we can provide this year to the chosen charities. It's so disheartening, especially at a time when they need it the most. If you kindly choose to roll your tickets over, simply retain your receipt/ticket to present at the event in 2021.
"If you wish to obtain a ticket refund, please contact our ticket provider The Everyman Theatre directly by emailing:email@example.com. For Trade stands enquiries please contact Rebecca Leppard, email:firstname.lastname@example.org
"I would to like to take this opportunity to apologise for the disappointment caused but thank you most sincerely for your support during this difficult period."
The famous Glamis Castle event was cancelled a while ago with the following announcement: "The rate of spread of the Covid 19 virus continues unabated and Government lockdown measures and restrictions on movement and gatherings are being held in place for an indefinite period. Given these restrictions the Trustees of the Club (Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club) regret to announce that the Scottish Transport Extravaganza due to be held in the grounds of Glamis Castle on the 11/12 July 2020 has been cancelled. This is done in compliance with Government guidelines and in the interest of safety to participants and the general public.
"The timescale for resumption of Club activities in a normal manner is uncertain at this challenging time, however, the SVVC will endeavor to provide regular updates on the position and will be focusing on the advice issued by the Government and continue to be guided by that.
"In compliance with the general lock-down order the premises at Bridge View House will remain closed until further notice.
"With this in mind if you have entered and paid for an entry this year whether it be Vehicular, Stand or Car Club we will be offering the option of carrying your entry forward to the 2021 event which will take place on 10th and 11th July. If this is not an option for you then a refund can be issued. The administrator will be contacting all entrants in due course.
Still in Scotland, the organisers of Farming Yesteryear 2020, the Scottish Vintage Tractor & Engine Club, yesterday (June 30) cancelled this year's event.
A statement on the SVTEC website reads: "The members of the SVTEC committee met this evening and decided that this year’s Farming Yesteryear Vintage Rally at Scone Palace Parklands on 13th September 2020 will not go ahead.
"Unfortunately due to the current restrictions on events and concerns about the health and safety of everyone involved the committee believed that there was no other option but to cancel this year’s Rally.
"Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you on 12th September 2021." Details at https://svtec.org/category/events/
For ongoing cancellations and postponements in Scotland, we would advise readers to keep an eye on the Scottish Vintage Vehicle Federations dedicated web page here: https://svvf.org.uk/events/category/cancelled/list/