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Bridgwater Carnival Cancelled

Bridgwater Carnival Cancelled

Apr 27, 2020

This year's Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnivals circuit are the latest events to fall victim to COVID-19.

Seven carnivals have been postponed as part of the decision: Bridgwater, Highbridge and Burnham on Sea, Weston Super Mare, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Wells and Glastonbury. Chard and Ilminster are expected to follow.

Tens of thousands of residents attend the illuminated festivals each year in November, raising money for various charities and good causes.

Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnivals Association (SCGFCA) said all of the towns "unanimously agreed" to push-back the carnivals to 2021, opting "the only sensible way forward".


Bridgwater Carnival

A spokesperson for SCGFCA said: “It is highly unlikely that any large gatherings of people will be allowed until there is a vaccination for COVID-19, and when this is combined with the ongoing social distancing arrangements which will remain in place for some considerable time yet, there is very little chance of the towns and the entries of being able to raise the necessary monies needed to put on such spectacular events.

“We will of course continue to monitor the rapidly changing Coronavirus situation in the UK and follow Government guidance and advice, and we very much hope that the situation in the country will have improved enormously by the beginning of November.

“If the situation changes, we are sure some of the towns will look at continuing the carnival tradition in a very low key and symbolic way.

“In the meantime, please stay safe and our thoughts are very much with those who have been affected and impacted by Coronavirus".

The association has also cancelled all fundraising events - as well as committee and club meetings - to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

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