Historic annual show axed after big losses

A sight we shall not see this year
A sight we shall not see this year

IT has brought thousands of visitors to the town for generations but next year’s Thame Show has been cancelled.

The annual event, planned for July 2012, has been axed after making a loss this year.

A10 Week 30'MCBH'DP'Thame Show, held at Thame Showground - pictured are the crowds of visitors

A10 Week 30'MCBH'DP'Thame Show, held at Thame Showground - pictured are the crowds of visitors

It was also feared gate receipts would have been hit with the show clashing with the 2012 Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

In addition, Mike Howes, who has been involved with the running of the show for more than 15 years, has resigned as secretary. Although the show, which is the largest of its type in the country, made a profit of £4,000 in 2010, the tables were turned when this year’s event suffered a staggering loss of £40,000.

The losses have been attributed to a drop off in trade stands and gate money losses.

The decision was announced in a letter from chairman of The Oxfordshire County and Thame Show, Martin Hector, who said the way the show is run will be ‘re-appraised’.

The show ground will continue to be hired out for festivals and other functions.

At this time the show is scheduled to return for June 2013.