CARNIVAL chiefs in Pershore have revealed the 2021 showpiece has been postponed because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Committee chiefs were forced to pull the plug on the 2020 event at the height of the pandemic but hope the 2021 incarnation will take place later in the year.
The news means the Carnival could be plunged into the heart of Pershore’s busy festival programme, rather than take its place as the traditional kick off for a summer of fun in the town.
Carnival chiefs revealed they had decided to vacate their regular late May Bank Holiday date following discussions with Wychavon District Council and after the latest Government advice.
While 15 million of the country’s most vulnerable people have now received their first dose of the vaccine, the country remains in lockdown with the Government unlikely to begin easing restrictions until March 8.
A committee spokesperson said: “Whilst great progress is now being made with vaccinations, at the end of May there will still be a significant percentage of adults who have not been vaccinated and social distancing measures are highly likely to still be in place.”
“However, we know how important it is to get events like the Carnival back on again, to give us all a positive lift, and we are really hopeful that a Carnival day of some kind will still be possible in 2021.
“We will continue to review potential options over the next few months; and will provide a further update as soon as we can.”