Wellingborough's Waendel Walk cancelled amid coronavirus outbreak

Ramblers from around the world were expected to take part

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 4:42 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 4:42 pm
Action from last year's Waendel Walk.

Wellingborough's International Waendel Walk has been cancelled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The 41st annual event, which sees ramblers travel from across the globe, was scheduled to take place between Friday, May 8, and Sunday, May 10.

But with the coronavirus pandemic causing events across the country to be postponed Wellingborough Council has stepped in and cancelled it this year.

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In a statement they said: "Wellingborough Council has with regret made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event to ensure the safety of its residents and visitors during this time.

"The Castle Theatre has also made the decision to close and their press statement can be found at https://www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/castle-theatre/castle-statement.

"The council and Castle Theatre are following health and safety guidance issued by Government regarding the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

"The council and Castle Theatre will be issuing full refunds to anyone who has signed up for the event and Castle Theatre will be contacting all customers directly by telephone or email to process refunds.

"The events team are working with our partners and volunteers and we hope to deliver the event once again next year. Any urgent queries regarding the Waendel Walk should be made via email to [email protected]"

More than 2,000 people in the UK have now been affected by coronavirus, with one KGH patient who had tested positive having died.