Which Banbury Town Council events might go ahead this year?
Leader of the council Kieron Mallon: “It really is a wait-and-see, do-what-we-can situation.”
Banbury Town Council’s popular annual events will resume later this year when coronavirus restrictions get the all-clear. But, with the virus situation far from certain, the council is looking at its options with some caution.
In his ‘end of lockdown’ speech on February 22, prime minister Boris Johnson gave June 21 as the earliest possible date for the lifting of all restrictions but gave a clear warning that it would only be if ‘everything went according to plan.’
Leader of the council Kieron Mallon said: “Townspeople enjoy our free-to-enter annual events and we will run as many as we can in the second half of the year.
“The Christmas Lights Switch-On should be OK, and we’re looking to run Town Mayor’s Sunday, Teddy Bears’ Picnic and the Day of Transport.
“Armed Forces Day and Battle of Britain Day are important national tribute events and Remembrance Sunday in November should be back to normal.”
Cllr Mallon said: “The question is how far do we go with organising major events when there is uncertainty about lifting the virus ban on large gatherings.
“It really is a wait-and-see, do-what-we-can situation.”
In 2020, virus restrictions forced the cancellation of all the town’s annual events. Cllr Mallon said it was likely that some, including the Banbury and District Show and the summer Food Fair, would not happen this year.
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam