This year’s Bridgwater Carnival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The decision was made after discussions between Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival Committee, Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnivals Association, the entrants, and the authorities regarding the ever changing Coronavirus threat in the UK, stating it was unanimously agreed that safety and public health has to be the number one priority.
The carnival, the oldest in the country and one of the largest illuminated processions in Europe attracts tens of thousands of people.
Bridgwater Carnival is the oldest carnival in the UK, and is Every year the event attracts tens of thousands of people from all over the county and the world, and raises a huge amount of money for charities and good causes. The 2020 carnival concerts and the ‘Grand Firework Display’ held on the evening before the carnival procession have also been postponed.
Mike Crocker, President for Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, said: “Unfortunately illuminated carnivals like we have been accustomed to in Bridgwater will now not take place this year and will be sadly postponed.
“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 carnival committee and the entries of being able to raise the necessary monies needed to put on such a spectacular event.”
The date for Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival in 2021 will be Saturday 6th November.
Other carnivals in the Somerset curcuit have also been postponed including Highbridge and Burnham, Weston Super Mare, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Wells and Glastonbury.
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