THE CHAIRMAN of Dinas Powys Village Show and Dinas Powys Community Council Cllr John Fanshaw has said he is "really disappointed" that the show has been cancelled for the first time in history, but added that it was the only viable decision.

The show, which was scheduled for September 5 but was cancelled officially on Tuesday afternoon, has a more than 30-year history in the village and regularly attracts up to 400 visitors.

"We left it as long as possible but it materialised that at this point, we just couldn't make any plans as the expensive costs of 1,500 brochures and planning would have been too high to then have it cancelled," Cllr Fanshaw said.

"We also have a lot of older people coming to the show, and we realise they would have been reluctant anyway."

Cllr Fanshaw said that while the world is a very unpredictable place during the current pandemic, the village is committed to putting on a show next year, with the date already set for September 4, 2021.

The fun might not be completely over this year, however, with a virtual show mooted but not yet confirmed.

Cecil Townsend, a long-term winner and contributor at the show, will also be displaying his vegetables outside the Three Horseshoes on Station Road in mid-September.

"We are doing what we can to get a virtual show on and also to bring some normality for people," Cllr Fanshaw added.

People are also invited to post their "entries" for the show on the Dinas Powys Village Show Facebook page.