The show goes on as event gets new home

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THE show goes on for one of Alnwick’s most popular events.

Alnwick Spring Show has been held every April in the Pavilion at Alnwick Garden for six years.

This year’s event saw record numbers of entrants, with a national judge describing it as one of the best in the country.

But after this year’s success, next year’s event was put in jeopardy as the Garden pulled out as hosts.

The show committee was told on April 13 that it would be able to use the venue for 2012.

But on July 1, David Ronn, operations director at the Garden, told members that it would no longer be available as it had been double booked.

He suggested moving the show to other parts of the Garden but these were thought to be impractical.

The Duchess of Northumberland also offered the use of the picnic area between Alnwick Castle and Garden.

But as that would incur significant costs, the committee felt it was not viable.

However, Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre has stepped in to provide a home for next year’s show.

David Parker, Alnwick Spring Show co-ordinator, said: “Following the meeting with David Ronn, and after consultation with the show committee, I have written to Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland thanking her for her kind offer of the picnic area and expressing my sadness that the show has had to move.

“The Alnwick Spring Show has become a major event in the UK show calendar and is well supported by Alnwick Town Council, Alnwick in Bloom and businesses in the town.

“It is a blow to them and to the committee who have worked so hard for six years.

“We are determined however that the show will continue to be a success and, thanks to an excellent response from the manager of Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre the show will be held in the sports hall on April 14 and 15, 2012.”

Willowburn manager Peter Halliwell said: “We’re happy to help. They were very nice, I showed them round and they’ve confirmed. It wasn’t a problem, we’ve got all the facilities for them.”