26July

Sheep, Rain and More Rain

The Great British Resolve

The weekend before last I spent the whole time with one of my cutest clients - Woolly the Sheep.

Woolly is the Mascot for The Kent County Show which after months and months of planning was held at the Kent Showground. Woolly's job is to get the attention of the general public so that they become aware of the show and what it stands for.

Woolly has a blog, a You Tube Channel and of course he is on Twitter and Facebook.

So,after all of this planning and with 80,000 visitors expected, the week of the Kent County Show arrived. It is mid July. We are all hoping fo sunshine, dry grass and lots of happy people.

Exhibitors arrive from Wednesday onwards. As do the equestrian gang with their massive horseboxes (lorries) and cattle of all shapes and sizes. This was all expected and accomodated for. What was not expected was the viiolent hailstorm on Wednesday night and then persistent heavy rain of Thursday night.

Friday arrived, as did the much anticipate visitors, many with their pre-booked tickets. By 10am the car parks, despite the hard work of the grounds men at the showground, turned into a mud bath. Slippy, slidey and very dangerous. The painful decision had to be made. Shut the gates! No more visitors.

The irony was that we had all been promoting the sale of tickets and the show for months and now people were being turned away.

You can imagine the mayhem and bad feeling. The BBC news quickly appeared and interviewed the Chairman of the Trustees (yes, the show is run by a charity - people who generously donate their time). He explained that the car parks were creating a Health and Safety issue and it was regretable but action had to be taken.

It was interesting as I went around with Woolly visiting stands and events I spoke to lots of people. Most people understood that no one had control over the weather but the greatest acceptance of all came from the agricultural sector who didn;t seem remotely phased. It occured to me then that they are at the mercy of the weather every single day, whatever type of farming they carry out.

To them it was 'just another day'. One lady who I spoke to over lunch said, 'Well, you can't control the weather so you just have to jolly well get on with it!' It was her 49th year of attending the show, so I guess she knew what she was talking about.

On a personal note, I wathed what went on over the 3 days of the show and felt great admiration for the Kent Show Team who faced the complaints, questions and a variety of rantings with grace. My view anyway, for what it's worth.

And, Woolly and I had a great time!

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