Public to decide future of Thame show?

Thame Show
Thame Show

The Oxfordshire County and Thame Show organisers want the public to have their say on its future after a disappointing year.

The final figures for the July event are not in yet but organiser Chris Parker said it will have made a loss.

A return to its traditional September date has been mooted and Mr Parker said he was keen for the public to offer their views on when it should be held and what it should include.

He said: “We are looking at some form of public consultation on it.

“We will have a questionnaire available in Thame Town Hall from the end of next week.

“If necessary we will have a public meeting in the town hall one evening.”

Mr Parker said expectations were high for the show but that it suffered due to the extreme heat.

He added: “The day was exceptionally hot. It was uncomfortably hot. No one envisaged how hot it was going to be.

“In the early afternoon there were more people leaving the show ground than coming in.”

Mr Parker said the show had also struggled because it clashed with other events going on nearby.

He also refused to rule out the historic show being cancelled completely but said moving it to September is more likely.

“If we do move it back to September we are going to have to use it or lose it,” he said.

To offer your views visit the show’s official website at www.thameshow.co.uk