Storm-hit Kelmarsh Country Show forced to close a day early

Kelmarsh Country Fair in 2015. Pictures courtesy of Andrew Cooper.
Kelmarsh Country Fair in 2015. Pictures courtesy of Andrew Cooper.

A popular country show near Market Harborough fell victim to Storm Katie when driving wind and rain cut the event short for the first time in its history.

Organisers of Kelmarsh Country Show were forced to close its gates to the public on bank Holiday Monday after the storm battered Northamptonshire over Easter weekend.

The popular two-day show has been held at Kelmarsh Hall for 11 consecutive years, welcoming around 28,000 visitors each year, and has never been cancelled before.

CEO of Countryman Fairs Ian Harford, said the decision to shut the showground was taken early yesterday morning.

He said: “There was no other decision to make.

“Public safety is always our number one priority. We have received overwhelming support from both exhibitors and visitors.

“Countryman Fairs is hosting six other country shows throughout the year, all of which will have the same attention to detail and approach when it comes to public health and safety.

“I am proud of how the Countryman Fairs team has handled this tricky situation and I’d like to thank everyone for their understanding and co-operation.”

However the organisers say the event was well attended on Sunday, with visitors enjoying displays in gundog handling, clay shooting, archery, fishing, falconry and ferreting. 

The event also featured more than 200 exhibition stands, children’s entertainment, a food festival, craft and antiques fairs and live folk music.