Exhibits at a previous vintage rally.

The team behind the annual Stradsett Park Vintage Rally has been forced to cancel the event for the second year.

Organiser Gordon Carson announced the news on social media this week, saying the cancellation notice came with a “heavy heart, sadness and sheer disappointment”.

“Due to the ever increasing COVID-19 cases and restrictions which only seem to be getting worse day by day rather than better,  sadly the National Vintage Tractor and Engine Club (East Anglia) committee has had no choice but to cancel our 2021 Stradsett Park Vintage Rally which was due to be held on Sunday, May 2 and Monday, May 3,” the statement said.

“It would be irresponsible of our club to put on such a well-attended event and risk the health and wellbeing of our volunteers, exhibitors, traders and paying public.”

There are hopes the event, which draws thousnds of visitors, can be held again next year on Sunday, May 1 and Monday, May 2.

Mr Carson thanked supporters and told enthusiasts to prepare their vintage equipment for next year’s rally, which could be the club’s “greatest show yet”. 

The popular rally, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016, usually boasts more than 500 exhibits, refreshments, fairground rides and ring entertainment, plus  trade stands, and raises several thousand pounds for charity.