STALYBRIDGE Carnival has been cancelled for a second successive year because of Covid-19.
Stalybridge Festival Committee has reluctantly abandoned this year’s event over the weekend of June 26-27.
Organising secretary Ian Cochrane explained while the national Covid restrictions are scheduled to be lifted earlier that week, there was no certainty at the present time that these timescales will be met.
Given the fact local dance groups, community choirs and bands will not be allowed to practise until shortly before the event, it is likely that they would not be in a position to take part in this year’s parade.
The committee felt this was not a compromise they were willing to make, especially when the parade is the focal point of Stalybridge Carnival weekend.
The festival committee also felt it could not take the risk of committing itself to spending any of its limited expenditure at the present time on planning for the carnival when there is no guarantee the restrictions on holding large scale community events will in fact be lifted on June 21.
Ian added that although this decision is disappointing the festival committee is committed to holding a safe and memorable ‘Party in the Park’ in Cheetham Park later in the summer to make up for the disappointment of cancelling the carnival.
An announcement about this event will be made once the national Covid restrictions have been lifted. They are looking forward to hosting Stalybridge Carnival again in June 2022.