Organisers of the Masham Steam Engine Rally have announced that the event will not go ahead this summer, for the second year in a row.

Although some other large scale events in the Harrogate district have recently said they will be taking place this year, the rally committee decided that there’s still too much uncertainty around government restrictions.

The organisers also added they have a responsibility to be prudent with charity funds, and it would therefore be unwise to commit funds to an event which may not be able to take place.

The next Masham Steam Engine Rally, which will be the event’s 55th anniversary, will now take place on 16th and 17th July 2022.

In a statement on the event’s website, organisers said:

“This has been a very difficult decision to make, especially as the next rally to take place will be the 55th anniversary event. However, as our planning for the 2021 event has now reached a critical stage and notwithstanding that the dates announced by the Government are not set in stone, there is still a lack of detailed Health and Safety guidance and information on what restrictions will be in place for public outdoor events of the scale of the rally.

“In addition, the Committee members have worked hard over the past years to ensure that the rally finances are in a very strong position and that the community receive the optimum benefits from the funding for the Town Hall that the event provides that to commit to expenditure relating to an event that may not be able to take place would be a foolhardy and not within keeping with charitable financial governance.”

Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here