Thornbury Carnival postponed after delay to end of covid restrictions
PLANS for this year's Thornbury Carnival have been put on hold.
The event, which was set to return on July 2 and 3, will not now go ahead on those dates after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a pause in the ending of coronavirus restrictions.
Last year's carnival was cancelled during the first lockdown but it had been set to return in a limited form, focusing on events at Mundy Fields, this summer.
However the organisers said that the delay in fully lifting covid restrictions meant that they had been unable to secure the support of Thornbury Town Council and South Gloucestershire Council for pressing ahead with the event on the intended date.
They said they were "disappointed" but were exploring their options for either staging the event later this summer or waiting until next year.
After announcing the postponement, the carnival committee said on social media that they were "still exploring whether we can go ahead if we progress to Step 4 after the 19th July, but we will just have to wait and see what happens".
A statement from committee chair Liam Williams said: “Further to the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 14th June extending Step 3 to the 19th July, we have been in liaison with both Thornbury Town Council and South Gloucestershire Council.
"We regret that the current level of national concern has meant we were unable to gain their support in going ahead with the event.
"As a result, we are currently exploring our options for 2021 and 2022 and we will update people as soon as possible.
"We remain committed to securing the future of Thornbury Carnival and we will work hard to determine how this is best achieved over the coming days and weeks.
"As part of this, we will make direct contact with people who have already purchased tickets on the available options as well as with all of our suppliers.
"Please bear with us as we work through the options and get in touch with you.
"I would like to publicly thank the small group of volunteers who have worked so incredibly hard to put plans together for what we believed would be a safe event.
"I would also like to thank our suppliers, many of whom have had an incredibly challenging year but who have stood by us despite their difficulties.
"Like all voluntary organisations, we are always keen to receive additional support in the work that we do.
"If you live locally and would like to get involved in helping us shape plans for future events, please do get in touch with me as we would love to hear from you.”
Anyone interested helping should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picture of Thornbury Carnival 2019 courtesy of Thornbury Carnival/Thornbury Camera Club