A five-day dog festival that was set to take place in Peterborough this July has been cancelled amid the ongoing pandemic.
The event was due to take place at the East of England Arena between 8 July and 12 July, and was set to incorporate the East of England Championship Dog Show, Open Show, and Just Dogs Live.
Organisers said that whilst the move was a “huge disappointment”, they will now begin to work on the 2021 show, due to take place between 7 July and 11 July next year.
Venue director Jason Lunn said: “This event is one of our stand-out summer events, hugely popular with the local community and attracting visitors from all over the country.
“But, in common with many other large festivals and shows scheduled for the summer, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the event, and issue refunds to all exhibitors and traders.”
He added: “Our responsibility is to the health of the nation, our employees, our customers and our visitors.
“Even if social distancing guidelines are lifted before July, we will not be able to put on a show that meets the expectations of our customers and visitors, let alone one that meets our own high standards.”
Exhibitors who have signed up online will be offered refunds “as soon as practicable”, and any cheques received that have not been submitted by organisers will now be destroyed.
Any cheques paid in will be refunded, as will all traders who have already booked in with the event. Competition winners who won free tickets to the event will also be given new tickets to the 2021 event.