Granite City Covid concerns claim Buckie classic car show as organisers pull the plug
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CORONAVIRUS has claimed yet another popular event in the local summer calendar with the announcement that the Buckie Classic Car Show has been cancelled.
There had been high hopes that the popular and eagerly awaited annual extravaganza of motoring memorabilia and history would beat the pandemic and roll into Buckie on August 31, albeit in a heavily modified form.
However, the recent spike in cases of the virus in Aberdeen and subsequent lockdown of the city has prompted the show organisers to reluctantly pull the plug on this year's event.
In a heartfelt statement, car show chairman John Clark said: "It's a decision we really don't want to make but feel we have to.
"It's with much sadness we've had to cancel the Buckie Classic Car Show for 2020.
"With cases of Covid-19 in Aberdeen increasing its just shown how quickly infections can happen and how the virus hasn't gone away.
"We've had long chats with Police Scotland and Moray Council who have been excellent with us but health has to come first
"We put a lot of thought and measures in place but we just can't take the risk and we would never forgive ourselves if a cluster of cases occurred.
"All entries will be rolled over into next years show which will be on August 29, 2021 unless anyone wishes a refund.
"Hopefully by then the country will have a better grip of this virus. We are very sorry about this."
Despite the numerous extra restrictions which had to be out in place by the organisers to protect exhibitors and the public alike, the show was set to be a hugely popular event in a summer denuded of its usual highlights.
Up to 350 vehicles from down the years were expected to grace Linzee Gordon Park, with exhibitors in normal times coming from across the north-east and even south of the border.
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