ONE of the York area's biggest agricultural shows is to go ahead again next year after being cancelled for two years running because of Covid.

This year's annual Tockwith Show - due to have been the 75th since the event was first held in 1945 - was called off because of continuing uncertainty over the impact of the pandemic.

But organisers say the show committee has decided to press ahead with preparations for next year’s show on Sunday, August 7.

They are also planning to stage their annual bonfire and fireworks night for the community this year on Friday, November 5.

Show president Michelle Lee said she was delighted but said ensuring visitors and event teams' safety would remain an absolute priority.

She said: “No one can predict what will be happening next August – or indeed next month – but we feel that it’s now the right time to hopefully draw a line in the sand and move forward.

"Staging a major event like this needs months of planning, so if we don’t start now, it will very quickly become too late to get it off the ground.”

Michelle said she was also delighted at the number of new volunteers who had offered to help with the show.