NFOL 2012 Cancelled due to Adverse Weather Conditions

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Friday 20 July 2012

The Camping and Caravanning Club has announced the cancellation of its annual national camping rally, National Feast of Lanterns due to adverse weather conditions.

The continued rainfall has waterlogged the temporary campsite at Long Newton Grange in Stockton on Tees and made it inaccessible to vehicles. It is almost impossible for any of the infrastructure needed to create the campsite and its entertainment facilities to be installed on site.

Stuart Inness, Chair of the 2012 NFOL Organising Committee, is disappointed to cancel and he said: “We’ve dedicated four years towards planning this event and we’re absolutely devastated however we’ve got to consider the safety of members.

“Hundreds of campers from across the country had pre-booked a pitch so we had to make the decision to cancel the rally, earlier rather than later, in order to cause minimum disruption to campers’ holiday plans.”

The Club’s Director General, Robert Louden, added: “The National Feast of Lanterns has been running for many years so it’s such a shame we will not be able to celebrate this Club tradition in 2012 however the safety of our campers’ is paramount.

“I’d personally like to thank the members of the 2012 NFOL Organising Committee for their efforts and professionalism; we appreciate the work that has gone into organising such a large event, it’s just unfortunate we’ve experienced such unpredictable weather.”

All campers who have pre-booked a pitch at the rally will receive a full refund.

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Editorial Notes:

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 111-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 110 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, now runs and manages a further 20 Camping in the Forest Touring Sites.
  2. was launched on Monday, April 18, 2011.
  3. incorporates all forms of outdoor holidays.