Video: Machinery show abandoned after marquee collapses

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A machinery show at the Maze has been abandoned for the day after several people sustained injuries when part of a marquee collapsed.

It is understood that up to seven links of a large portable marquee collapsed shortly after 12noon due to the stormy conditions.

Marquee ripped apart by winds at G8 Oils Maze Farm Machinery Show at Balmoral Park.

Marquee ripped apart by winds at G8 Oils Maze Farm Machinery Show at Balmoral Park.

Ambulances were called and it is understood that several people were injured, with one taken to hospital.

The Q8 Machinery Show has been closed for the day.

Chairman of the Agricultural Committee, DUP MLA William Irwin said: “This is a very concerning incident and obviously the high winds and exposed nature of the site has led to a significant part of this marquee being blown apart.

“I will be making inquiries on this matter to see if more could have been done to better secure the structure given that high winds have been a feature of our weather in recent days.”

He said: “If the incident had occurred any earlier it could have been a very different outcome and hopefully lessons can be learned in terms of ensuring that in this type of weather these temporary structures are securely stayed to the ground.”