JAMES Cox, Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show secretary, has sent out a reminder that the closing date to book trading stands is  April 1.

He says: “At this time plans continue as normal for what is expected to be a fantastic and successful Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show, with a number of new sponsors, trade stands and attractions to be announced over the coming months.

“We continue to monitor the ever-changing situation and government advice surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. At this time the peak is expected by early June therefore providing plenty of time for normality to resume along with bookings, entries, preparations and enjoyment of the 2020 show in mid-August.

“The office continues to review the situation and if this does change we will, of course, be in contact. We will take every precaution to make sure our staff, visitors and volunteers are in the safest of environments.”

The closing date allows the 2019 trade stand holders to keep their 2019 position or to indicate that they wish to change.

“We must keep this date, otherwise come the Summer when hopefully the country reopens again we will only have a matter of weeks to do an entire layout,” he added.

The application form is on the website www.gillinghamandshaftesburyshow.co.uk/trade-stands/