THE organisers of the Henley Show are counting the cost of a year of extreme weather.
The Henley and District Agricultural Association recorded a deficit of about £8,000 as a result of a fall in visitors to last year’s events.
It said the day of the sheepdog trial in July was too hot, Henley Show day in September started with rain and the ploughing match in October was held on one of the wettest days of the year.
Paul Fairweather, the association’s treasurer, estimated that more than 1,000 people were put off going to the show, its flagship event, due to the weather.
Speaking at the association’s annual meeting at Hambleden village hall on Thursday last week, he said: “This time last year I gave thanks to the weather gods for blessing all our events, leading to a surplus in 2012.