Honiton Gate to Plate event postponed ‘with heavy hearts’ until September 28 as severe weather warning sparks safety concerns

A severe weather warning for the weekend has seen the hotly-anticipated Honiton Gate to Plate event postponed until September 28.

The all-day event was due to take place in High Street on Saturday, but has been put off ‘as a safety precaution’.

An East Devon District Council (EDDC) spokesperson said this afternoon: “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!”

Honiton chamber of Commerce tweeted this afternoon: “Unfortunately due to weather forecast on Saturday, Gate to Plate has been postponed until sept.”

Honiton Town Council also tweeted: “We are still awaiting a press release from our friends & colleagues at @eastdevon but as a safety precaution, this Saturday’s Gate To Plate event will be postponed!”

The Met office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of the country on Friday, including the South West, with heavy rain expected, and said: “A band of heavy rain, with the possibility of some very heavy bursts, will move northwards during Thursday night and Friday.

“Within this band 10-15mm is widely expected, however, some places could see as much as 30mm in just a few hours.

“Once the rain has cleared scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop, particularly during Friday.

“Many places will miss these, but where they do occur 10-20mm is possible in one hour, with perhaps 30 mm in a few hours.”

A further yellow warning for Saturday, with high winds expected, says: “Unseasonably strong southwesterly winds are expected to cause some disruption, with gusts over 40 mph quite widely inland.

“Gusts over 50mph are possible across parts of central and south-eastern England, particularly in association with showers.

“Gusts in excess of 60mph are likely around coasts of Bristol Channel, English Channel and through the Strait of Dover.”

Devon and Cornwall Police is urging extra caution after the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for South West England.

Chief Superintendent Sam de Reya said: “We can expect some unsettled weather across Devon and Cornwall which starts on Thursday, August 8, through to Saturday, August 10. With this in mind I would urge the public to think about their plans this weekend and adapt them accordingly.

“Conditions will be very wet and we are expecting high winds so we are asking people, especially those who are visiting the area, to stay away from the coast and stay out of the sea.

“Many coastal areas may become hazardous due to rainfall and thunderstorms, therefore extra caution should be taken.”

Police are reminding people of the following advice;

  • Avoid areas along the coastline and going into the sea;
  • Carefully consider camping trips and traveling without accommodation already booked;
  • Allow additional time for your journey and drive to the conditions of the road;
  • Listen to local radio for updates on current weather conditions;
  • Be aware that many planned events and festivals in the Devon and Cornwall may have been cancelled.

 

 

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