Organisers of the Scottish Game Fair, held at Scone Palace in Perthshire, have spoken of their devastation after they were forced to cancel two days of the event on 30 June and 1 July.

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) said it was left with no choice following torrential rain.

Fair director David Noble said: ?The decision to close the Fair was heartbreaking, and was made reluctantly after consultation with the police and local traffic management control.

?The appalling condition of the ground meant that we would be unable to park the expected volume of traffic quickly enough to ensure that queues did not back up to the M90 at Friarton Bridge. This would have caused a substantial risk of an accident on the motorway.?

Before the mud became too much, a number of MSPs, including environment minister Stewart Stevenson, had mingled with thousands of visitors during a successful opening day.

The rest of this article appears in the 11th July issue of Shooting Times.

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