The UK’s largest farm machinery, equipment and agricultural services show Lamma has been unable to open to the public today due to safety reasons.

High winds overnight caused serious damage to stands and structures across the East of England Showground forcing the event to be closed early.

Hundreds of visitors were told to wait in the entrance to the showground as safety officers surveyed the site but the decision to close the event early was made.

This was the last year that Lamma was being held at the Peterborough site before a move to the NEC, Birmingham, in 2019.

Elisabeth Mork-Eidem, Event Director of LAMMA said: “It is with great regret that we have had to close LAMMA today following an excellent day yesterday, but the safety of our visitors has to be paramount.”

East of England Arena and Events Centre general manager Jason Lunn added: “It was a difficult decision for the organisers to take, but one which we fully support.

We realise the impact on not only visitors to Lamma and the many local commuters this morning, not helped by issues on the roads elsewhere, who were inconvenienced as a result. ‘I am also aware that both the A15 and A47 have had traffic problems due to the high winds and the cancellation of the event will have compounded the traffic for local commuters and local residents for which I apologise.”