Royal Smithfield Christmas Fair Cancelled

The 2007 RSCF has been cancelled due the devastating effects and movement restrictions resulting from the FMD outbreak.

Following a meeting of the Royal Smithfield Club and the Royal Bath & West of England Society on 15 October, both organisations are deeply saddened to announce the cancellation. The situation had been carefully monitored since 3 August when the disease was first confirmed and the position had become untenable, as licensing arrangements were unavailable - and no forecast could be given.

The fact that very good levels of livestock entries had been achieved by the Royal Smithfield Club makes this decision especially hard, and both organisations convey their best regards to those producers who were willing to consider showing even when the industry is at such a low point. All entry fees and trade stands booking will be refunded.

Chairman of the Royal Smithfield Club Neil Gourlay said: "This is a very sad day for the livestock industry, facing a real crisis on so many fronts across the whole country. Looking forward, we must now plan for 2008, when surely things must be better."

Edwin White, chairman of the Royal Smithfield Show board commented: "The livestock industry and show societies have had to take too many things on the chin this year.

"We are proud of the level of support that we have been shown for our joint initiative, and are starting to work on the 2008 show, when we hope to be celebrating a significant recovery in our fortunes in this sector."

Plans are already underway for the 2008 Royal Smithfield Christmas Fair which will take place at the Royal Bath & West of England showground at Shepton Mallet, Somerset, on 5 & 6 December 2008.