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News Archive > General > Bad weather takes the steam out of popular vintage rally

Bad weather takes the steam out of popular vintage rally

By Natasha Swift 13th September 2017

Bad weather takes the steam out of popular vintage rally
Organisers were devastated

BAD weather took the steam out of Lanlivery Vintage Rally after organisers were forced to cancel the event for the first time in more than three decades over health and safety fears.

Lanlivery Rally and Country Fair had been due to take place at the weekend, but the event was called off over concerns about the condition of the field where it is held near Sweetshouse and the dire weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

The Lanlivery Rally and Country Fair committee broke the news on Facebook on Tuesday night, explaining: “With very heavy hearts we have to announce tonight that this year’s rally has been cancelled due to dubious ground conditions and the dire forecast for Friday.

“It was a very difficult decision to make but there were serious health and safety concerns to consider. Please watch for updates of fundraising events that will be planned.”

Rally founder Diane Williams, who set up the event 32 years ago, said she was devastated that her final year in the “driving seat” had come to an end like this.

The committee visited the site on Tuesday and took a vote there and then on whether to cancel the event.

After a lengthy debate the majority of members voted in favour of scrapping the rally this year.
Mrs Williams, who voted to “soldier on”, told the Voice: “This was going to be my last year in the driving seat.

“I intended to make it a bumper rally but when we went to the field to start marking it out a lot of the committee members said they wanted to cancel it.

“The field was quite wet and the weather forecast for Friday was horrific. We put it to debate and the majority voted to cancel the rally.

“They believed it was dangerous, but a lot of us wanted to soldier on.”
Diane said the rally cost around £5,500 to put on each year and most of that money would not be recovered despite the two-day event now being cancelled.

“I spent £1,200 alone on brass plaques and have had to halt the printer who was doing the  programme,” she explained.

“I am devastated. Everyone has choices and it was some people’s choice to vote to cancel it and some people’s choice to vote to keep going.

“We are all entitled to those choices and I don’t hold it against anyone who said they wanted to cancel the rally.

“We are entitled to our own opinions.”

Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the committee, which will then be given to charity, can send a cheque made payable to Lanlivery Vintage Rally to Diane Williams, Pheasant Lodge, Redmoor, Bodmin, PL30 5AT.

By Natasha Swift 13th September 2017

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