PROMOTERS of an East Lancs agricultural show - set to return after the pandemic - have confirmed it will still go ahead tomorrow.

Months of preparation have gone into the Hodder Valley show before the death of The Queen, whose Whitewell Estate is incorporated within the event's traditional boundaries.

But the Saturday gathering, at Root Farm in Dunsop Bridge, part of the Duchy of Lancaster, will still proceed as a mark of respect to the monarch, who was known to be particularly fond of Whitewell.

In a statement, the show's organisers said: "The nation is in mourning following the news that HM Queen Elizabeth II has died.

"On behalf of our president, life Members, the directors and committee we acknowledge and remember the days that Queen Elizabeth II visited our valley and her Whitewell Estate on a regular basis, expressing her love for our valley, which many of us share.

"Our show on Saturday will continue as planned, as a mark of honour to the monarch taking place on her land.

"Her dedication to her country will never be forgotten. For her service and her selflessness over her extraordinary reign, we owe her a debt that can never be repaid.

"Deepest condolences to the King and the royal family on behalf of Hodder Valley Show community."

For the show's return, the main ring will feature Pedal Power vs Parkour, a combination of free-running and trial bike artistry.

And the fell race will make a return, featuring a warm-up with Matt Donnelly. The ring will also host a grand livestock parade, vintage tractors exhibition, children's races. live sheep shearing and sheepdog trials.

Elsewhere there are dozens of livestock, horticulture, food and drink and craft prizes to be contested, with Slaidburn Silver Band providing a musical backdrop.

Other attractions include a food hall, trade stands and Matilda the Cow, a lifesize model which teaches people about livestock.

Promoters say the show opens at 9am, with the main ring programme beginning at 12.30pm and the fell race starting at 1.30pm.