A FORMER treasurer of Barrowford Show has been severely reprimanded by her professional body after failing to bank cheques and hand over the books to organisers.

Caroline Marsden, of Wigan Lane, Heath Charnock, was censured by the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW) after show bosses made a complaint about her handling of their finances.

She failed to bank cheques in time totalling £735, an ICAEW disciplinary tribunal hearing was told.

And it took her eight months to hand over accountancy records for the show, the tribunal heard.

After finding the case against her proved, the panel severely reprimanded her and fined her £2,350 with £2,650 costs.

Her case can be revealed as organisers confirmed that the Barrowford Show will not be taking place in 2013.

Show bosses have declined to comment on Marsden’s case but have confirmed it is not related to this year’s cancellation.

Plans are now being put in place for a series of fundraisers, over the next 12 months, to boost the show’s coffers before it returns in 2014.

Show chairman Graham Midgeley said: “We lost a little bit with the 2012 show so we decided we would pull it for this year and instead stage a series of events throughout the year.”

The first major fundraiser will be a motor cavalcade, pencilled in for May 26 at Nelson and Colne College. Vehicles ranging from classic cars and motorbikes to tractors and a NASCAR model will feature.

And the Morris Minors Club, MG Club, vintage fire engines and BCM buses are also expected to line up.

Mr Midgeley also hopes that Lancashire Police will bring along one of their speed detection vans, for inspection.