08 April 2020
The latest big name event to bite the dust this year, due to the Covid-19 virus, has been announced.
The organisers of the Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza, due to take place at the end of July has been cancelled, even if restrictions may have been lifted by then, have released the following statement: ‘I regret to inform you that the 46th annual Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza which was due to take place on Friday 31st July - Sunday 2nd August 2020, has been cancelled.
The situation with Covid-19 is continuously evolving. Our initial approach was to Keep Calm & Carry On, as we all shared the hope that it could continue this year. However, latest UK Government information indicates that further restrictions maybe implied or extended to combat the current crisis. We now take the stance that it would be irresponsible for us to host the 2020 show. The safety and wellbeing of our volunteers, contractors, exhibitors and visitors is paramount.
Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza is widely regarded as one of the biggest and best Steam, Vintage and Countryside events in the UK and attracts over 20,000+ visitors from across the country and is staged on part of a live military base at South Cerney Airfield.
To host a show of its magnitude requires a large provision of emergency service cover, and a lot of assistance from the military base - it would be unthinkable to apply such a burden to them at this dreadful time.
The Extravaganza is organised by the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club (S.V.T.E.C) and is one of the largest events of its kind run entirely by volunteers. It simply could not run without the huge support of the dedicated section leaders, exhibitors, volunteers and visitors. Nonetheless, it costs SVTEC a substantial amount of money to stage the popular annual show and by not taking risks, we can safeguard its future for many years to come.
I would to like to take this opportunity to apologise for the disappointment that this announcement will undoubtedly cause, but also extend my gratitude to our volunteers and section leaders that have already put so much hard work in to this year’s show.
However, rest assured, we look forward to returning in 2021, on 6-8 August.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during these challenging times.
Chairman, Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club’
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