A row into a men-only farmers’ dinner has prompted organisers to say they are ‘capable of moving with the times’ and that they would be ‘looking at the options’.
Dartmouth Fatstock Show chairman Philip Bond said he would ‘not wish anyone else to experience the 48 hours that we have’ following backlash over the committee’s decision to repeat its annual single-sex dinner.
The furore sparked national media outrage, with female members branding the event ‘sexist’ and ‘frustrating’.
But while he admitted the show was ‘not entrenched in tradition’, Mr Bond said the dynamic of the toasts, speeches, joke telling and fundraising would be ‘altered considerably’ if women were included.
He said a motion was put forward to allow ladies to an evening dinner earlier this year was defeated, with both men and women voting.