Above: Last year’s aerial view of the main trading hall. The first Parrot Society National Exhibition was held in 2007, but initially under the name Bird Show of the Year. The following year, the name was changed to the National Exhibition. The last IPC-sponsored National Exhibition was held at the NEC in Birmingham in 2003
THE NATIONAL EXHIBITION (NE) at Stafford has been cancelled for the first time in its 13-year recent life.
The decision – due to coronavirus – was unanimously agreed on by Parrot Society UK (PSUK) trustees following an online discussion on June 9. It’s the first time the vent has been called off since its inauguration in 2007.
The ongoing cancellations of large public gatherings meant the withdrawal of October’s National was “clearly on the cards,” commented Alan Jones, chairman of the PSUK. He explained: “Having taken into consideration the state of play of the coronavirus pandemic, the situation at Stafford County Showground, the opinions of various bird clubs and traders that have already pulled out and the potential risk to most of our visitors, an online discussion resulted in a unanimous vote from all trustees to cancel.”
With the lack of a 2020 show season so far, the PSUK is hopeful that its December 6 event, aptly named Help the Birdkeepers Show, will go ahead, where it expects demand from hobbyist bird breeders to be substantial for sales tables. Additional rooms at Stafford County Showground have been confirmed to make the event larger than usual.
PSUK secretary Les Rance said: “Normally this event is held in the Argyle and Sandylands Centres, the same two halls that are used by the NE. Arrangements have been agreed with the management of the County Showground, to add the Prestwood Centre this year, thus providing three halls in December.”
● For more information on the National’s cancellation, Parrot Society contact details are on its website: www.theparrotsocietyuk.org
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