Fairport urge visitors not to go to Cropredy during festival weekend


Band issue statement following rumours of unofficial events in Cropredy in absence of annual festival

The members of Fairport Convention have issued a plea for visitors to stay away from Cropredy during “Fairport weekend”.   The band have issued the statement after becoming aware of a number of activities being planned.

In a message issued jointly by Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Ric Sanders, Chris Leslie and Gerry Conway they say, “It has come to our attention that there are some activites being planned in the village over the ‘Fairport’ weekend in August. We feel we must stress that this has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the festival and in no way do we approve.

“Furthermore, for the sake of the villagers, we implore you good people to please stay away from Cropredy this August. The virus is still rampant and the health authorities are warning of a second wave. The worst thing for Cropredy is for folk from around the country to travel to the village”.

In April Fairport announced the annual August event was being postponed for 2020 due to coronavirus.   The band say one of the main reasons for this decision was due to the high percentage of elderly and vulnerable people living in Cropredy.   They today reinforced that message saying, “it would be irresponsible for us to go ahead regardless of what the government measures would be in August. With still hundreds of new cases and over 100 deaths each day, we stand by that decision. The safety of all comes first, regardless of the sacrifice”.

The band acknowledge many people will miss this concert this year, including themselves: “Yes, we are all going to miss the festival. No one wants to be in Cropredy that weekend more than us. It’s where we belong. But this is a sacrifice we must make for the safety of all and the future of the festival”.

“Please, put the villagers first and give Cropredy a miss this year”.

Fairport have also teased an announcement of “something very special” which will be happening on 15 August in the absence of this year’s festival. We are told the surprise, to be announced later today, will celebrate Cropredy and be enjoyed from our own homes and gardens.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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