Corby Carnival cancelled for second year in a row due to Covid

The carnival was last held in 2019

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 11:26 am

Organisers of Corby Carnival have announced that the ongoing coronavirus crisis has made it impossible for the popular fundriaiser to go ahead this summer.

But the committee of the Corby Carnival Association have promised a family prom night as well as a Christmas Carnival to replace the summer event.

The annual fundraiser, parade and fun day had to dropped last year from the town's social calendar as the coronavirus pandemic swept through the UK.

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Corby Carnival Court 2019

Terri Meechan for Corby Carnival Association said: "Following much discussion and deliberation, officers of Corby Carnival Association have taken the sad decision to once again postpone Corby Carnival for 2021.

"This decision was not taken lightly, but it was felt that although restrictions are slowly beginning to relax, the risk was still too high in Corby.

"It would be impossible to maintain social distancing both on lorries and on the streets, as well as in the park where we rely on the general public to watch and support us.

"We just don’t want to be responsible for putting anyone at any kind of risk, so felt the right and safest thing to do would be to postpone our event until it is completely safe for everyone involved and the general public, to hold it."

Corby Carnival 2019

If and when lockdown restrictions ease the committee members are hoping to hold two replacement events - a family prom where families can get 'dolled up' and celebrate together - and a Christmas Carnival.

Terri added: "This, of course, is all subject to the infection rate situation and risk factors at the time.

"We are so sorry to announce this news, but it was really felt that this was the most responsible and safest decision to make at this time.

"So much goes into the planning and organising of the carnival to make it the successful event it is.

"We have already lost six months of planning, so time is also against us, as well as the many other unknown factors that are still out there."