THE much-loved Southport Flower Show has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Events with large public gatherings being cancelled throughout the whole country and it is ‘with regret’ that the organisers have announced the cancellation of the 2020 Show which was due to be held August 20 – August 23.
Chair of the Board, Max Steinberg CBE said: “We have closely monitored the situation over the past few weeks and it has become clear that we now have no other option but to cancel the show this year. The first consideration must be the health and wellbeing of everyone involved in the show, staff, volunteers, visitors, exhibitors and traders. The show has become a much-loved fixture in the horticultural calendar and in the region’s summer events and the decision to cancel has been taken with a heavy heart. The safety of all of those who support the show is of paramount importance to us and we believe this to be the only course of action as we work through this pandemic.”
This will be the first time since the Second World War that there has not been a show in Southport and it is a huge disappointment to the management team who work so hard to make this event happen.
The cancellation will cause severe financial implications not just for the show itself, but it will also profoundly affect the show’s partners, sponsors, suppliers and traders.
The Southport Flower Show is a charity and any profit is reinvested into the much-loved show which has been a significant part of the town for over 90 years. It also supports the maintenance and administration of Victoria Park, our beautiful 34-acre site which has housed the show since it began.
If those people who have already purchased tickets would consider supporting the show by not requesting a refund or by rolling over their tickets to next year’s show taking place 19th-22nd August 2021 then they would be supporting the Southport Flower Show through this extremely difficult period and your support would be greatly appreciated. Details can be found at www.southportflowershow.co.uk
Alan Adams, General Manager of the Southport Flower Show said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters and visitors for their continued support and to wish them and their families well during this unprecedented and difficult time. We now look forward to putting on a very successful Southport Flower Show in 2021."