Thamensian: ‘Show has been withering on the vine for years ...’

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TIME, and the 280, waits for nobody.

It is all too easy to live in the past and forget to live in the present, especially as you get older and the things you thought would always be there start to disappear.

My youth, hairline and cassette collection are already no more, and now it seem Thame Show has gone to the great event graveyard in the sky.

The news that the show will not run in 2012 was not really a surprise to most of us. It has been withering on the vine for a few years now and you obviously can’t run any business on the basis that it is one day a year and loses (an alleged) £40,000.

I read that the Olympics would cut numbers still further and that crowds were dwindling.

There are several questions I would like to ask and which I guess the organisers will have the chance to answer in the Thame Gazette next week.

I am sure no end of hard work went into saving the show and there are people who devoted their lives to making it work but I have never seen a true answer to any of these four questions:

1. Why was the show ever moved away from a Thursday in September? It was an event, it tied in with the Fair coming to town, and it was a tradition.

2. Could more have been done to involve the people of Thame? Why not give a free ticket to every kid in school in town? Parents would come along with them and it might entice them NOT to go to Legoland that day.

3. What is happening to other similar shows? Is the desire to view giant onions and judge cows’ udders also falling up and down the country. Incidentally I do think it is the lack of communication with the town which has contributed to the situation; nobody seemed to know the show was about to close until we read about it on these pages last week so perhaps there is one final question:

4. Is there anyone out there willing to sponsor the show or help with the running?

Perhaps the OTHER show, earlier in the yea,r will grow and replace the other one. Maybe the numerous other events in our thriving town will expand and fill the void. But I will miss the old show and genuinely hope it can return in 2013.

And before I am accused of sniping at an easy target, I will happily volunteer to help with the revived show if the organisers want. Regular readers (hi Julie) will know that my involvement will end with me asleep under a table in the bar, but in the months and weeks building up to the show I will gladly offer to help.

Anyone else feel like helping too? No, not you, Peter Andre...

See Letters, page 18