CHESTER'S Festival of Transport and Carnival has been scrapped, leaving thousands of motor enthusiasts with nowhere to go.

Instead, the meeting place, the Roodee, will be overrun by caravans as the space is used for a two-day rally.

Chester Lions, organisers of the 16-year-old motor meet, which attracts about 1,000 cars annually, have blamed the decision on the decline in public support, which has seen a drop in resulting funds for charity.

'Numbers have been falling over the last three years. We were looking to see 5,000 or so people attend and we got far

less than that last year,' said Alan Webb of Chester Lions.

The club has now decided to put their efforts into more profitable events as well as hoping to come up with new fundraising ideas.

'I doubt the caravan rally, which takes place on June 11 and 12, will be significant from a fundraising point of view but we are putting it on as a trial event,' said Mr Webb.

Peter Ketchell, responsible for booking the cars for the show for many years, blames last year's poor attendance on the elements.