The Thame Show must go on

Thame Show in 2011
Thame Show in 2011
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Thame Show will be back with a bang next year, with more emphasis on local traders and schoolchildren.

Organisers said the annual event was cancelled this year due to the economic climate and a lack of income from last year’s show.

The proposed date of this year’s show also conflicted with the opening of the Olympics.

Newly-appointed director of the Oxfordshire County and Thame Show, Chris Parker, said that had the show not returned in 2013, it may never have come back.

He said: “It’s fantastic news. Next year we need to get more youngsters involved, as they are the future of the show. We will be doing a lot of work with the primary schools in Thame, which has never been done before.

“Food is going to play a big part next year, with local produce being sold, rather than bog-standard concession stands selling burgers. That’s been a complaint from a lot of members of the public in the past.

“There also won’t be a public bar, as there will be local breweries involved next year instead.”

The show is taking place on July 13, 2013.

Chair of the show committee, David Bretherton, said: “We’ve been searching for a date which fits in with the show calendar throughout the country, so we’ve had to move the event from autumn.

“On the bright side, the weather will be better and it’s in term time so the schools can be involved. I’m confident the show will be a huge success.”

The finer details of the show will be revealed at an upcoming meeting of the event’s committee on October 12.