A SHOW popular with the county's farmers, the Westmorland County Show, has become the latest victim of the coronavirus crisis.

It is said to be Cumbria's biggest one-day event, with more than 30,000 people arriving from across the country, and has won many tourism awards.

The agricultural show was scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 10 2020, but organisers say they are now focusing their efforts on preparing for next year's show.

Christine Knipe, chief executive of the Westmorland County Agricultural Society, posted on the show's website: "Despite early optimism that we may be able to hold an event in September, very sadly we have come to the conclusion that government guidelines, especially in respect of social distancing measures involving large gatherings, make the running of such an event incredibly uncertain and a risk that the Society cannot take. We fully appreciate this will be a great disappointment to our agricultural community, traders, competitors, members and, of course, the thousands of visitors who attend the Show every year, all of whom love the Show as much as we do. The health and safety of everyone involved including the public, exhibitors, stewards, members, contractors and the county as a whole remain our priority.