Two more agricultural shows have confirmed they will not take place this year.

Gilsland and Falstone shows, due to take place in August, have been cancelled due to Covid-19.

In a statement, the organisers of Gilsland's event said: “It is with a heavy heart that we write to tell you that the committee of Gilsland Agricultural Society has taken the decision to cancel Gilsland Agricultural Show 2020.

“The safety of the general public, competitors, traders, visitors, attractions, volunteers and committee members, at the show is of the utmost importance.

“The very nature of our show means that people come together to exhibit, celebrate, meet up and spectate. Given the requirements of social distancing, we would not be able to guarantee social distancing and safety. We simply cannot and will not compromise the safety of anyone.

“We ask for your understanding and know we can count on your continued support. We will be contacting all stakeholders, exhibitors, supporters, traders and suppliers over the next few weeks and we are now looking forward to our show on August 1, 2021."

The show made its debut in 1915 and is well-known for its competitive classes, horse and pony showing and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling.

In the same week, the Falstone Border Shepherds' Show also announced it would not take place. It is only the second time in 40 years that the show has been cancelled – the previous time being during the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001.

The committee were forced to cancel the show due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus and its impact on mass gatherings.

The announcements follows the cancellation of other agricultural shows in the district.