Honiton Gate to Plate postponed

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Posted Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 11:24pm

Due to the adverse weather conditions that are forecast over the next few days, in the interests of health and safety, East Devon District Council has reluctantly taken the decision to postpone Honiton Gate to Plate 

After taking advice from the Met Office and the emergency services, we have decided, with heavy hearts, to postpone the Honiton Gate to Plate event this coming Saturday 10 August.

The event was due to be held along the High Street in the town with around 50 food, drink and craft producers setting up gazebos and tents to cover their stalls from early Saturday morning. However, the forecast for Friday night and Saturday morning suggests that there will be wind gusts of up to 45mph to 50mph with a mean wind speed of between 20mph to 25mph. The wind gusts are expected to continue throughout Saturday and ease away later in the afternoon.

Our primary concern is the safety of the public and our producers. The emergency services are also alerting us to the forecast for heavy rain on Friday, coupled with the high winds on Friday and Saturday which could lead to traffic disruption on the roads. We wouldn’t want our visitors to put themselves at risk and be caught up in this.

The good news is, we are contacting our producers to rearrange the event to a future date and we are spreading the word about the postponement though our social media and via our local media outlets. We would be grateful if you could share this message with those people you know who were due to attend. We hope to be able to announce the date when we can hold this year’s event over the next few days . . . so please, watch this space!