The organisers of various shows and events in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, has revealed their plans for 2021, and state it is their full intention to press on with their plans for the events this summer.

The Derby Telegraph reports that, providing COVID-19 restrictions continue to be lifted, that the popular Ashbourne Soapbox Race will be returning in September, after the 2019 race brought 7,000 visitors to the town, and the 2020 race was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Soapbox committee chairman Sean Clayton said the planners have decided to carry on organising the event for 2021 with a sense of optimism, as all indications are that social-distancing measures could start to lift by June. Teams wanting to take part will be able to sign up at the Ashbourne Soapbox Race website.

Meanwhile, organisers of the Manifold Show still plan to go ahead with the 41st popular agricultural event at Castern Hall in Ilam on Saturday 14 August.

The organisers have said: “We will be working alongside all relevant agencies to ensure Covid regulations are adhered to for everyone’s safety.

“The committee looks forward to seeing you all for a fun-filled day of events and catching up with old friends.”

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Preparations are also continuing to hold the Ashbourne Show in 2021 too, with organisers confirming a date of 21 August at Osmaston Polo Ground.

An update on the show’s website said: “Over the next few days and weeks we will be fully reopening and updating our website to provide access to tickets, entry and trade stand applications, schedules and information regarding what’s on at this year’s show.

“After the past months of very difficult times for everyone, it will be good to be able to celebrate a good day out on the Show Ground.”

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