Chipping Sodbury carnival and street fair cancelled
CHIPPING Sodbury's carnival and street fair has been cancelled after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions was delayed.
The event, the highlight of the Chipping Sodbury Festival, had been due to take place on Saturday, June 26.
But the Prime Minister's announcement on Monday that the end of lockdown restrictions was being postponed by four weeks, from June 21 to July 19, left organisers having to reassess the situation and, after discussions with South Gloucestershire Council, both the Chipping Sodbury Lions Club Carnival and the accompanying festival street fair were cancelled today.
It is the second year coronavirus restrictions have caused the carnival to be cancelled and comes as cases of COVID-19 are on the rise both in South Gloucestershire and across the UK.
The Lions said: "We are very sorry to announce that Chipping Sodbury Carnival will not take place until 2022.
"We can only hope that Chipping Sodbury Carnival will return next year."
They said the "difficult and timely" decision followed discussions with the council.
Club President Ian Gott said: “It’s with a heavy heart that we have to let you all know that this year's carnival will not go ahead and will be postponed until 2022, when we will be back with a real bang.
"We want to thank you all and everyone for the support you have given us through the years in putting on the event. Stay safe everyone.”
Chipping Sodbury Festival organisers said: "Thanks to all who have worked hard in the background organising the carnival and all those who wanted to take part."
The cancellation comes a day after the Thornbury Carnival, which had been due to take place on the following weekend, was also postponed, although organisers hope they may be able to rearrange it for later in the summer.
Picture from 2019 carnival courtesy of Chipping Sodbury Festival