The annual Young Farmers’ convention will not be returning to Blackpool next year, organisers have confirmed.
And the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) says the event is not just giving Blackpool a miss, but is being scrapped altogether.
The decision to pull the bash after 50 years is thought to be linked to trouble flaring at this year’s convention in June, when a number of complaints were made over drunken behaviour by a minority of visitors.
There was no mention of this controversy in the NFYFC statement, but the group confirmed the event has now been consigned to history.
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Confirmation of the axe has been greeted with disappointment at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, which has hosted the event each year.
Michael Williams, managing director of the Winter Gardens, (pictured) said: “It is disappointing that the Young Farmers Federation have decided to cancel future events but we fully understand their position.
“The Young Farmers members that attended events in the Winter Gardens were very well behaved and enjoyed the shows and activities that we hosted for them.
“However, there was some behaviour by a minority in Blackpool over the weekend that was unacceptable and has tarnished the reputation of the Federation.”
The NFYFC statement said: “Following a meeting of the board of management of NFYFC it was agreed the Federation would no longer hold the Annual Convention for its members.
“After 50 years of hosting the event, the board believes it is time to refresh its offer to members and to bring its programme of activities more in line with its charitable aims to meet the needs of rural young people.
“While NFYFC recognises this will be disappointing for many NFYFC members and sponsors, the organisation is looking to move forward.”