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Agricultural shows cancelled due to coronavirus 'big loss', says MSP


By Alan Beresford

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THE cancellation of Moray’s agricultural shows due to Covid-19 is a real loss to the local farming sector and local communities, a local MSP has said.

Highlands and Islands Conservative MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston.
Highlands and Islands Conservative MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston.

Scottish Conservative Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston said he hoped the shows would be back “bigger and better than ever” next year.

Mr Halcro Johnston said “The agricultural shows and Highland games are always a fantastic celebration of Moray’s rich agricultural heritage, as well as being a great day out for local people and for visitors.

“The work and preparation which goes into organising every show is immense, and they bring hundreds of people together to support our farming community, to showcase Moray produce and to do business.

“But they are also a chance for folk to meet up with old friends, to showcase other Moray companies and also to fundraise for important local causes and charities.

“I was very much looking forward to attending shows in Moray and across the Highlands and Islands, which is such a great opportunity for catching up with folk away from the hothouse of the Scottish Parliament.

“Moray is lucky to have so many people prepared to put so much time into helping bring these shows together. It will be incredibly disappointing to them that there won’t be a show season this year.

“However, I know many are already starting to think about 2021 and coming back bigger and better than ever. We can all look forward to that."

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