Date: Friday, December 21 @ 09:35:01 GMT
Topic: Other Events


The Broughton Game Show committee has announced this week that the event is to come to an end. Rising costs, insurance, health and safety issues and the vagaries of the weather mean that after 33 years the committee have reluctantly decided to call it a day. The show held annually in the grounds of Broughton Hall was started to raise money for the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association.  As the event grew the Cave Rescue Organisation also became involved, and over the years 325.000 has been raised shared between the two groups.  

Both UWFRA & CRO are totally manned by volunteers who are prepared to be called out any day or night seven days a week, they are completely funded by charitable donations from the public. 

The committee cite several reasons for the decision, including the escalating costs of running such an event, which have created a high risk factor for them. The main reason for the Game Show was to raise money for the two rescue organisations, and there was great concern that the opposite could so easily happen.  In this litigious age the demands and requirements necessary for the safe running of the show both on the field and the surrounding roads, also had to have serious consideration. The show is very dependent on the English climate and the number of events cancelled over the last few years due to excessive rain has increased dramatically. This year, the decision not to have a show due to the Olympic Torch coming to the area, when around 25.000 people descended on Skipton, proved to be a good one.  Even if the Game Show had been organised it would have had to be cancelled at a late stage due to the field being waterlogged. The show had to be called off in 2009 and many others have been on a knife edge weather-wise. 

Chris Baker one of the organisers involved since the show started, says "The committee hope the public will understand the reasons behind this difficult decision and would like to thank them for their support, and also the many volunteers not directly connected with the rescue teams without whom it could never have happened. Such a complex and labour intensive show could never have been possible without the dedicated enthusiastic members of the two groups. In this day and age it is amazing that it has always been staffed 100per cent by volunteers, who we hope have brought to the public many very varied and enjoyable attractions and activities." 

Chairman David Aynesworth, who was the catalyst for the show says " It has been an amazingly happy committee, which probably contributed greatly to the show's success, and the whole event would not have happened at all if Mr and Mrs Henry Tempest in 1978 had not agreed to it being held at Broughton Hall. They could not have been more understanding and they gave the committee great support-and also never complained when we made a muddy mess of their grounds" 

There will obviously be a shortfall in the team's income and means are being looked at to replace the money raised by the Game Show. 

This article comes from White Rose Pothole Club

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