Jul 6 2012 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Friday
Rain cancels major events
TWO of this weekends major events have been hit by the weather.
Doune and Dunblane Show, due to take place at Keir Mains tomorrow (Saturday), succumbed to the persistent rain which has fallen over the past few weeks.
And Sundays Stirling Highland Games have also been called off.
Doune and Dunblane Show officials met at the field on Wednesday evening and it quickly became clear there was no way the event could go ahead.
Were absolutely devastated, said secretary Sharon Kinloch.
We had to call the show off back in 2001 because of the foot and mouth crisis but its the first time in living memory weve had to postpone because of the weather.
Sharon said that in previous wet weather they had towed lorries in and out of the Keir Mains field.
But weve never seen anything like this before, she added.
We contacted the services right away and the police have said we have done the right thing.
Messages of support on the shows Facebook page reassured Sharon and the rest of the officials.
We have judges who come here from across Scotland and also south of the border, she said.
When I contacted them they have all said they would be happy to come again next year. Were delighted everyone has been so supportive.
The show will not be rescheduled for later in the year but Sharon assured locals they will be back.
Well be back on July 6, 2013, and were working on that already, she said.
The Sekonda Stirling Highland Games were due to take place on Sunday at North Kersebonny, by Cambusbarron.
But heavy downpours have forced officials to call time on the event.
Secretary John Boswell said: After inspecting the ground on Tuesday we decided it was just too dangerous to go ahead.
Its disappointing, after all the organising the event takes, not to be able to go ahead but at the end of the day its better to be safe than sorry.