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CANCELLED: Moffat Sheep Races - 13th August 2017

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UPDATE: SUPER SUNDAY CANCELLED.

Having had a think about their plans for a ‘Super Sunday’ on Sunday 13th August, the Moffat Promotions Group have decided NOT to hold the event.

While it was thought initially that the ‘Super Sunday’ could replace the Sheep Races, which had to be cancelled due to legal issues with Dumfries and Galloway Council, the group have had a re-think.

They apologise for the confusion to those who were looking forward to coming to Moffat High Street on Sunday, but two days’ notice has proved too big an obstacle to overcome.

A spokesperson said:

“While we were keen for an alternative event to go ahead on Sunday, the fact that we have had to cancel the Sheep Races with two days’ notice means that getting an alternative event organised was just going to prove too difficult.

We pride ourselves as a group on putting on events to the highest standard for the people of and visitors to Moffat, so with a lack of things going on in the High Street as a result of the races being cancelled, we have decided to pull the plug on ‘Super Sunday’.

It is a real shame that it has had to come to this as we were aware of people coming from far and wide to visit our wonderful town’ but we didn’t want to put on an event which would be half-hearted.”

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PREVIOUS COMMUNICATION:

It is with deep regret that Moffat Promotions Group have to announce that the
Sheep Races will NOT be taking place on Sunday, 13th August.

This is a decision that certainly hasn't been taken lightly and it deeply disappoints all of our members.

Dumfries and Galloway Council have required us to comply with the Performing Animals Act, 1925.This means that the sheep taking part in Sunday's race would have to be licenced to perform.This was a step those involved in the organisation of the event weren't willing to undertake, especially at such short notice.

Naturally, we are very disappointed by the lack of support from Dumfries and Galloway Council. The Moffat Sheep Races has become a firm fixture in the town’s calendar over the last five years and was a hugely successful fun day for all of the family. Furthermore, no objections and certainly no requests to apply this ancient act had been made until very recently.

Nevertheless, the Group will not be deterred, and will always be looking to boost the town.

With that in mind, we are planning a Super Sunday, from 12pm onwards, this Sunday, 13th August, and urge people to come out and enjoy all the entertainment on show.

Our town has been on the world stage this week with the World Gold Panning Championships and this super Sunday will be a perfect way to send all our visitors from around the world back home with magical memories of Moffat.

We are hoping to have many of the Gold Panners join us; there will also be face painting, children's entertainment with Daffy Dil, stilt walking, music and much more.

So please pack the High Street and show the world again how great our wee town is!

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ORIGINAL COMMUNICATION:

Knitted jockeys & racing sheep return to Moffat for another fantastic day of racing. Enjoy the spectacular sight of prime Dumfriesshire ewes galloping and leaping down Moffat's picturesque High Street and take your chances with backing the winners at the betting booths.

Moffat's best known pubs, restaurants, cafés, craft and gift shops will be joining the festivities as well as street stalls offering local produce, arts and crafts and showcasing local projects and charities.

There will be a host of varied entertainment throughout the town. Don't miss this unique event - it's a fantastic day out for the whole family and enjoyed by everyone from 1 to 101!

Moffat Sheep Races starts at 12 noon and runs until 5.00pm.

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

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