PLOUGHMEN from across the north will not meet this year for the first time in 14 years.

The organisers of Allonby Charity Ploughing Match have reluctantly cancelled this year's event due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The popular event, which attracts around 40 tractors drivers aiming to lay down the perfect furrow, was due to take place on August 2 at Allerby Hall, near Aspatria.

Last year more than 200 spectators turned out and more than £1,000 was raised for Amy's Care, a family-run Community Interest Company based on the edge of the Lake District National Park.

Ian Tordiff, a member of the organising committee, said they were disappointed to have to cancel but wanted to let people know as soon as possible.

"We have just had to make that decision and not go ahead," he said.

"We want to thank people for sticking with us and support us next year."

The 20201event will raise money for The Calvert Trust, which was due to be this year's beneficiary.

Since the charity match began more than £27,000 has been raised for local charities.