Royal Welsh cancellation a grievous blow to many in the farming community

Commenting on the cancellation of the 2021 Royal Welsh Show, Welsh Liberal Democrat Senedd candidate for Brecon & Radnorshire William Powell said:

“This will come as a grievous blow to many in the farming community across Wales.

 “The Royal Welsh Show is an opportunity to showcase the best of Welsh farming to the world. Many businesses rely on the show for a significant part of their income and to lose this two years in a row will add yet more pressure to those who are already struggling.

 “The Welsh Government must step up to the plate and ensure that firms who are already struggling due to COVID-19 are appropriately helped following today’s news.”

 Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Member of the Senedd for Brecon & Radnorshire, said:

 “The Royal Welsh Show is a huge part of the annual calendar for Llanelwedd, Builth Wells and communities across Brecon & Radnorshire.

 “Today’s announcement is the right and sensible decision given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, it will be a terrible blow for our rural economy, for many farmers and food producers, and our events, hospitality and tourism sectors.

 “Whilst this is disappointing news, I want to thank the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society for the important role they are playing in the COVID-19 vaccination programme and the use of the Royal Welsh Showground as a Mass Vaccination Centre.”

 Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor for Llanelwedd, Maureen Mackenzie added:

"Whilst this decision is the right one to keep visitors and local residents of Llanelwedd and Builth Wells safe, it will nonetheless have devastating economic consequences, not only for businesses that directly trade or support the Royal Welsh Show, but also local restaurants, pubs, B&Bs, hotels, and shops that make a large portion of their income in the weeks around the Show.
"The Show season and other festivals and large cultural events are also invaluable for the social life and overall well-being of many in our rural communities. 
"I look forward to future summers when we will be able to welcome back guests from across the UK and the World to enjoy our beautiful countryside and fantastic events." 

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