THE organisers of the biennial Hillhead show have decided to postpone the 2020 show by 12 months.
The move was a precautionary measure amidst growing concerns over the worldwide outbreak of coronavirus in recent months which, according to World Health Orgnisation figures, has now infected more than 4,300 people across the globe.
The pandemic has forced the postponement or cancellation of many major public events across all industries, including major sporting events, the Glastonbury Festival, the London Marathon and The Eurovision Song Contest.
Hillhead’s organisers put out the following statement:
In light of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Hillhead 2020 is being postponed by 12 months.
Hillhead event director Richard Bradbury explained: “The health and safety of exhibitors, visitors, contractors and employees is our number one priority and with the peak of the epidemic predicted to coincide with the show in June, this would be severely compromised.
“Following an extensive consultation process, the decision has been taken to delay the event by a year to allow market conditions to stabilise and to best support the construction and quarrying industry during this challenging period.”
Also, following industry consultation, Plantworx – previously scheduled for next year – will be put back a year.
Rob Oliver, chief executive of the Construction Equipment Association, commented: “Whilst we are, of course, reluctant to change our plans for Plantworx 2021, these are unprecedented times. In the interests of both our sets of exhibitors and the industry as a whole, we will shortly announce our new dates for the next Plantworx in June 2022 at our Peterborough home.”
The Hillhead team look forward to welcoming you back to Hillhead Quarry, Buxton, next June.