Wellingborough's carnival and Party in the Park event cancelled again

Organisers have decided that the popular party weekend can't go ahead for the second year running

By Stephanie Weaver
Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 2:56 pm
Wellingborough carnival is always a popular event

Organisers have taken the tough decision to cancel Wellingborough's annual party weekend for the second year running.

The event is normally held in July and consists of Wellingborough Carnival taking place on the Saturday and a Party in the Park event on the Sunday.

The popular weekend relies on several months of preparation from schools, clubs and community groups in order to put together the parade, but this has not been feasible this year.

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And with both events being open access with free admission it means it is difficult to control numbers and this has been taken into consideration with the current pandemic.

Wellingborough Carnival is arranged by the voluntary organisation, the Wellingborough Carnival Association, while Party in the Park has been run by Wellingborough Council in previous years.

Kerry Purnell, assistant director for housing and communities for North Northamptonshire Council, said: “We know what an important event this is to the people of Wellingborough and the surrounding area and it is with regret that the decision has been taken to cancel it this year.

“Such a big event takes a great deal of preparation to make sure it runs safely and smoothly and that just has not been possible with the current circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Carnival chairman, Robert Wharton said: “It’s heartbreaking that in common with other local carnivals we have to cancel this year’s event but with the current situation it’s been impossible to organise.

“Everyone’s safety is the main priority and I’m sure that we’ll be back bigger and better next year.”

To read more about last year's event being cancelled, click here.

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