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Royal Highland classes to be live streamed to limit visitor numbers

The 2021 Royal Highland Show will not go ahead in its traditional format but there will be live streaming of a limited programme of events.

The Royal Highland Show will live stream classes held behind closed doors.
The Royal Highland Show will live stream classes held behind closed doors.
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Royal Highland classes to be live streamed to limit visitor numbers

The 2021 Royal Highland Show will not go ahead in its traditional format but there will be live streaming of a limited programme of events.

These will be held behind closed doors and will include livestock judging and show jumping.

 

The decision to hold a modified socially distanced event was taken at a Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) meeting on Tuesday evening where directors were briefed on discussions which had taken place with senior Scottish Government officials.

 

The consensus was that it would be impossible to hold a large-scale public gathering. The show was due to be held on June 17 -20.

 

Instead, contingency plans for a ‘hybrid show’ will be brought into play to allow exhibitors to showcase their livestock at the Ingliston showground.

 

The proceedings will be livestreamed to a global audience with RHASS members given VIP access.


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Along with livestock and equestrian, it is proposed that key elements of the show will feature including Young Handlers, Technical Innovation, Cookery and Handcrafts, together with farriery, forestry and sheep shearing.

 

RHASS chairman Bill Gray said: “We had hoped beyond hope, particularly with the direction of travel before Christmas, that the vaccination rollout would enable the Show as we know it to go ahead.

 

“However likely restrictions, combined with advice from senior level Scottish Government officials, left us with no other choice but to seek an alternative from the staging of the traditional Royal Highland Show.

 

“While deeply disappointing, what is possible is genuinely innovative and exciting and we are confident that with the power of the latest streaming technology and the finest elements of the show, we can create something truly special.”

 

RHASS chief executive Alan Laidlaw said: “The Royal Highland Show is an agricultural show and livestock exhibitors, competitions and equestrian are the backbone of this event so this will be our focus and we have some great ideas as to how we can make this work.

“We will collaborate with our industry partners, sponsors and sector bodies over the coming weeks and hope everyone will get behind us to make this the best showcase possible.”

 

All 10,000 people who bought advance show tickets via Ticketmaster will be given full refunds.

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