Leek Show is saved after public outcry

The busy scene at a past Leek Show. Photo: Brett Trafford Photography.

STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands biggest event on the social calendar has been saved from extinction by three local businessmen.
It was announced last year that Leek and District Agricultural Show was being axed because falling revenue had made it unsustainable.
But three businessman – Bruce Daniel, Kenneth Carr and Ed Simms – have stepped in with a five-year plan to secure the attraction’s immediate future.
Mr Daniel, who has been involved with the Manifold Agricultural Show for over 40 years, stepped forward with the two others to offer their services in response to a public outcry.
He told the Post & Times: “We began trying to determine what had gone wronfg in previous years, and it became clear that the show needs to be run as a business, on a firm and sustainable financial footing.
“We’ve got the full support of the agricyltural community and suppliers and a five-year package is in place, backed by sponsorship pledges.
“We don’t want the 2020 Leek and District Show to be a one-off stay of execution. We want the whole community to ‘own’ it, be prepared to pay to go in, and to continue to invest in its future,” he added.
The show’s main sponsor for the last six years, Leek United Building Society, is among organisations that have pledged their continued support.
New acting show chairman Rachel Torr, said: “The strength of feeling locally that the show must not be allowed to die has been overwhelming.”
This year’s show will take place at Birchall playing fields on Saturday, July 25.