The Todmorden Agricutlural Society look forward to a future with the new showground in Cliviger that is set to become home for the foreseeable future.
Todmorden Agricultural Show has invested around £20,000 into a new home and showground improvements in preparation of next year’s event.
The money invested has gone towards improved road access including new gates, leveling the field with grass weeding, and better drainage on the site next to the Ram Inn at Burnley Road, Cliviger.
The society made the decision earlier this year to re-home following restrictions placed on the use of the traditional Centre Vale Park in Tordmorden which would have severely affected the size and scope of the show.
The restrictions concerned vehicle weight and where marquee pole spikes could be pitched.
Show secretary Rob Goldthorpe said he hoped the money would better prepare the land at the new showground which is ’set to be the event’s home for years to come’.
“Work began about six weeks ago, and the society believes it is a good investment in the event’s future,” Mr Goldthorpe said.
“It will also bring benefits to those using the site during the rest of each year, for various events and for haymaking.
“We have the first few years for free while we are investing in improving the site, and after that there will be a profit sharing agreement with the site’s owner and tenant.”
The drainage system has been repaired and streamlined after excavation work uncovered existing drains that were criss-crossing the field.
Mr Johnson said work was progressing well with the aim of completing it before the weather changes for winter.
“It is a complete new system in there and at the end of the day it should be nice and dry.”
The new Cliviger site is close to Todmorden with good transport links and parking. The society is working with Cliviger Parish Council and Burnley Council to stage the event.
The show is set to take place on Saturday June 17 next year.