Goodwood Festival of Speed canceled on Saturday due to ‘serious risk’ of strong winds warning
The Met Office has forecast winds of up to 55mph in parts of England
The Goodwood Festival of Speed has been canceled after a severe wind warning posed a ‘serious risk’, the first time the event has not run in its 30-year history.
The motorsports festival, held annually at Goodwood House in West Sussex, said in a statement that strong winds could make the temporary structure unsafe.
Organizers have requested ticket holders not to attempt to enter the site.
It comes as the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning of strong winds for south-west England and West Wales between 9am and midnight on Saturday.
Forecasters said winds are expected to reach 40 mph, with gusts of 50 to 55 mph expected over mountains and in exposed areas such as the south coast. Traffic disruption is also expected.
The event is expected to resume as planned on Sunday, which is completely sold out.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed has been canceled after warnings of strong winds posing a ‘serious risk’, marking the first time the event has not run in its 30-year history.
Those who had tickets for Saturday’s show will be contacted about refunds in the coming days.
A statement on the event’s website tonight said: ‘It is with deep regret that we have decided that the Goodwood Festival of Speed will not take place tomorrow.
‘After consultation with meteorologists, health and safety experts and other key stakeholders, we have decided to close the event site due to a severe wind warning in the Goodwood area.
‘On-site safety is our top priority and the predicted high winds will pose a serious risk to various temporary structures across the site. We kindly ask that you do not travel to Goodwood or attempt to access the site.’
It added that the decision was ‘not taken lightly’ and that the Duke of Richmond, along with the entire Festival of Speed team, are ‘deeply saddened that the event will not go ahead for the first time in its 30-year history.
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