THE annual Lymm Dickensian Day due to take place in December has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Steve Harper, Chair of the Lymm Dickensian Committee said: “Due to the ever-evolving situation with the Coronavirus and having taken on board the advice from the Government, Public Health England and the NHS we have been left with no other option but to cancel Lymm Dickensian 2020.
“We appreciate the disappointment for all those who were expecting to take part in the parade and the thousands who flock to the village for the day, and also to all the people and organisations who have supported us by booking stalls. However, we feel that it is the correct decision as we have to put the health and wellbeing of all who would have taken part as our priority in these unprecedented times.”
Secretary of the Dickensian Committee Colin Oakley added: “We have been reviewing the situation carefully in recent weeks hoping something might improve. However it is now abundantly clear that the current restrictions will be with us for the foreseeable future and the probability of large gatherings being acceptable in December is remote. We are bitterly disappointed after all the preparatory work that has been put in by the volunteers on the organising team.
“Our task now is to contact the parade participants, stallholders and the various venues around the village to let them know of our decision.
“We will update our website and Facebook page as soon as we have any further news regarding the 2021 event, to be held on the 11th December.”