THIS weekend’s Isle of Wight Motor Show has had a change of venue, owing to the weather.
As reported earlier this week, the decision was made to move the show to Brickfields Horse Country, Binstead, following the discovery the ground at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway at Havenstreet was waterlogged,
Graham Vanassche, chairman of the show organising committee, said: "Last Friday, David Rye, Ray Winter and I went to Havenstreet to look at the ground but we felt it was too wet.
"The three of us were very keen that the motor show went ahead and Ray came up with the idea of having it at Brickfields.
"A few phone calls were made to Matt and Simon Legge, who run Brickfields, and they managed to move things around to accommodate the motor show, so we are very grateful to them."
Brickfields has plenty of hard-standing for visitors to park on, as well as a cafe and bar.
Graham said: "We are very happy to be able to go ahead with the show and we are all looking forward to seeing lots of people at Brickfields. We have had a wonderful time at Havenstreet in the past and it is our intention to return there next year."
• Staff at the IW Steam Railway are still offering free admission to the site at Havenstreet for this weekend only.
They recognise many Islanders like to explore the railway’s facilities while at the motor show, so it was decided to allow people to come in free of charge, as if the show was still at Havenstreet.
Visitors will still be expected to pay the normal ticket prices for steam train rides.