Music Mix and Food and Drink Festival amongst cancelled events
Coronavirus restrictions force plug to be pulled on more popular events
Banbury Town Council has announced the cancellation of more of it’s popular events due to the coronavirus pandemic. The latest cancellations include the popular Food and Drink Festival and the town’s major live music event, Banbury Music Mix (presented in association with Banbury FM).
The Town Mayor’s Sunday and Teddy Bear’s Picnic in People’s Park will also now not take place as all events planned for July and August are put on hold.
Councillor Colin Clarke, chairman of the Council’s general services committee, said: “It is with much regret that these events have been cancelled. A lot of work has gone into planning them and I know how much townspeople look forward to them. But coronavirus guidance is quite clear and we must abide by what the government is saying”.
Events organised for May and June – including the Banbury and District Show and Armed Forces Day – had already been called off due to restrictions on large gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Banbury Town Council’s popular summer events programme usually brings thousands of people into the town centre. It is organised by a small but dedicated team at the Town Hall. It is understood a fair amount of planning had already taken place for the 2020 events schedule, which has so far been decimated by the pandemic.
Last year’s Food and Drink Festival saw the Market Place filled with local people enjoying the chance to sample different culinary experiences and meet famous faces. The event also included the Flower and Produce Show which has become a highlight of the year for local growers and bakers.
Banbury Music Mix has become the town’s big night for celebrating local music. Presented in association with Banbury FM, the Market Place was last year filled with happy people enjoying a summer evening dancing to tunes from local bands.
Councillor Colin Clarke is hopeful events later in the year might still be able to take place. He said, “We can only hope that lockdown restrictions will be eased further so that our autumn events – including Battle of Britain Parade, Motown Magic, A Day of Transport, and Christmas Lights Switch On – can go ahead.”
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam