Show’s over for old office

sp92630  Bakewell show demolition
sp92630 Bakewell show demolition

A BUILDING which served Bakewell Show for 60 years was knocked down in about five minutes last Thursday.

The old wooden show office – affectionately known as the chicken shed – was bulldozed to make way for a new administration building.

A dozen show volunteers watched as the rotting wood was reduced to rubble.

Bakewell firm Pinelog can now begin building the replacement which has the approval of the national park authority.

The replacement building had been put on hold owing to spiralling costs but is now expected to be ready early in the spring.

The project is expected to cost £360,000 with the show committee having already found more than half of this sum. A special fundraising committee is now trying to secure the rest.

Bakewell Show was established in 1819, making it one of the longest-running agricultural shows in the country, and was one of the few to remain open without livestock during the 2003 outbreak of foot-and-mouth.

It takes place in early August, attracting about 65,000 people.

The show is a charity and is run mainly by volunteers.