Gallery: The rain can’t stop us! Defiant Suffolk Show organisers say this year’s event WILL go ahead, despite heavy rainfall today
17:11 27 May 2014
The organisers of the Suffolk Show have urged people to ‘get their wellies on’ and come down to this year’s extravaganza as they pledged that today’s dreadful weather will not result in the event being cancelled.
Volunteers and staff have worked tirelessly today as heavy downpours left Trinity Park, the venue for the show, wet underfoot and some areas in Ipswich being flooded.
The two-day event, which will be attended by Prince Harry on Thursday, is worth millions of pounds to the county’s economy and it is hoped that about 90,000 people will turn out tomorrow and on Thursday.
A spokesman for the show said: “Rain will not cancel our show. It is a bit muddy in places because of the rain that we have have had. But we are urging people to get their welly boots on, put their umbrellas up and come.
“The stand holders who are battling the rain are smiling, people are just waiting for the party to begin.”
Despite the miserable conditions today, forecasters have painted a slightly brighter picture of the next 48 hours.
Tomorrow there will be some showers, but that is expected to clear by 10am and for the rest of the day, while there is the risk of some showers at Trinity Park, near Ipswich, it will be mostly cloudy and dry with temperatures reaching highs of 18C.
Thursday will be a similar picture with a small risk of showers in the morning but for the rest of the day, it will be cloudy and mainly dry.
Steve Western, a forecaster with Weatherquest, said: “It won’t be completely dry, there is the chance of showers, but it shouldn’t be enough to ruin everything.”
At the show this year, people will be able to enjoy stalls run by various organisations, individuals and companies, animal displays and livestock exhibitions.
In the Military Village there will be a static display, which will include an Apache helicopter.
Police were last night also warning drivers to allow extra time for their journeys.
In recent years, congestion has been minimal but the sheer volume of traffic does result in hold-ups, particularly near the Seven Hills junction for the A12 and A14.
For coverage of this year’s event, visit our Suffolk show section by clicking here.