DUE to the exceptionally wet weather recently and the adverse forecast for Friday, the Northumberland School Games Festival, scheduled to take place in Ashington on Friday, has been cancelled.
Organisers said the most up to date weather forecast predicts prolonged, heavy rain for Friday morning and heavy thundery showers for the afternoon.
In addition there is a severe weather warning in place which highlights the risk of localised flooding.
After discussions with Northumberland County Council’s health and safety advisor, the local organising committee said it was left with little choice but to take the decision to cancel the event, which would have involved around 1,200 children.
Some teams are travelling for up to 90 minutes to get to Ashington and the implications on all transport should there be localised flooding was taken in consideration.
Also, competitors in outdoor sports would be expected to be in the open air from 9am until 3.15pm.
Local school games organiser and event manager Elizabeth Armstrong said: “Obviously this decision is a huge disappointment to us as there have been many months of planning and preparation which has gone into the event across Northumberland and it is not a decision we have taken lightly.
“However, the safety and enjoyment of our participants is our primary concern and on this occasion we feel we cannot be confident that we can deliver a safe, enjoyable event given the severity of the weather which is forecast.
“We hope you will understand our decision and that your enthusiasm will continue for next year’s Northumberland School Games.”
For further information about the games including developments for the 2013 academic year, visit www.northumberlandsport.co.uk