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Storm and gales force LAMMA to abandon second day

February 1, 2018 by  
Filed under News & Business

Bad weather and high winds forced organisers to abandon the second day of last month’s LAMMA event – turning away visitors following an excellent first day.

The East of England showground event was due to be the most successful yet until the weather took a turn for the worse overnight on 17-18 January. Violent winds battered the site before daybreak, leaving event organiser AgriBriefing no option but to keep the gates closed to visitors.

Many of the 900 exhibitors reported busy stands and serious interest in their wares from visitors across a wide range of farm businesses. But showgoers found themselves locked out of the show on the second day in a move which caused traffic chaos in and around Peterborough.

AgriBriefing group head of events Elisabeth Mork-Eidem said: “There was a real buzz in the air on the first day of LAMMA 2018. Everything about the show felt positive, it was busy and noisy and had all the makings of an extremely successful event.”

But organisers were left with no option but to suspend the second day due to extensive storm damage. Mrs Mork-Eidem said: “The decision to cancel was not taken lightly and the team is devastated as they work extremely hard all year to make LAMMA the fantastic event it is.”

Advice

The decision to abandon the show was taken on the advice of AgriBriefing’s health and safety team, contractors and the operational team. Mrs Mork-Eidem said: “When I arrived on site at around 5am, the storm had already got hold and ripped open a number of the larger marquee structures.”

Next year’s LAMMA show is cialis acheter due to be held indoors at the Birmingham NEC. Ms Mork-Eidem said: “We are now focusing all our resources and working closely with the NEC team to make sure we continue to deliver a great LAMMA in 2019.”

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