Coast show postponed for month

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AN event to celebrate the beauty of a coastline has been postponed for a month due to the wet summer.

The National Trust’s second annual Make the Most of Your Coast festival was due to take place at Cotsford Field, off Cotsford Lane in Horden, on Saturday, August 25.

It will instead run from 10am-3pm on Saturday, September 29, in the hope that the additional time will give the area time to dry out after the flash flooding and torrential rain earlier this month.

It comes after other large events, including the Great Yorkshire Show, the Cleveland Show and Durham Regatta, were cancelled earlier this year due to sodden ground.

Mark Bradley, National Trust coast and countryside manager, said: “Cotsford Field is an important and sensitive wildflower meadow, a key site for plants and insects as well as ground-nesting birds such as skylark and meadow pipit.

“It was due to be mown in good time for the festival, but after so many weeks of heavy rain, we don’t want to risk taking heavy machinery on to the field while it’s still wet, potentially causing a great deal of damage.

“We have delayed grass cutting and baling by a few weeks, hoping that some proper summer weather will kick in.

“We also wanted to avoid vehicles getting stuck in the mud during the event, from catering vans to visitors’ cars.

“If we’re in for an Indian summer as predicted, September could turn out be the perfect time to enjoy a day at the coast.”

Make the Most of Your Coast will offer a range of free fun for families, all with a maritime flavour.

It will include craft activities, games, live music and refreshments. There will also be opportunities to discover more about nature and the coastline.

Pupils at Cotsford Infant School have created colourful handmade bunting to decorate the gazebos and the National Trust will be joined by other organisations including local wildlife groups, the Durham Heritage Coast team, Natural England and the RNLI to put on the show.