A town's annual illuminating celebration has been cancelled due to the nation’s ongoing battle with coronavirus. Team Cheadle, which organises the Moorlands town’s Victorian Christmas event – during which the town’s Christmas lights are usually switched on, has recently announced that it has made the decision to cancel this year’s extravaganza.
A town’s annual illuminating celebration has been cancelled due to the nation’s ongoing battle with coronavirus.
Team Cheadle, which organises the Moorlands town’s Victorian Christmas event – during which the town’s Christmas lights are usually switched on, has recently announced that it has made the decision to cancel this year’s extravaganza.
The community event, which normally sees around 3,000 converge in the town centre, was set, this year, to take place on Saturday, November 21.
The organisation has confirmed that there will still be Christmas lights put up in town but that there will not be the usual festive event for all the community to get involved in to watch the lights being officially switched on.
A spokesperson from the group said: “It was with great sadness we made the decision, but after much deliberation we decided that it was the safest option given the ongoing pandemic.
“Initially we’d hoped to perhaps scale down the event, while making it Covid-19 compliant, but the recently introduced ‘Rule of Six’ Government guideline was really the final straw.
“We understand that retailers in the town are discussing alternate ideas and that Team Cheadle are committed to supporting them where possible.
“We also understand that the Christmas lights will still be going up and will be lit throughout the Christmas period. The Victorian Christmas event is expected to return next year.”
The spokesman added: “The date for this year’s event was going to be November 21, and the format was going to be the same as last year – with improvements made regarding the full High Street closure.”
Cheadle Town Council also heard of the cancellation of Team Cheadle’s Victorian Christmas event at their virtual meeting on Monday (September 21).
Councillor Paulette Upton, who is a member of Team Cheadle, told fellow councillors: “The decision has been taken to cancel this year’s Christmas lights switch on event.
“We get over 3,000 normally which we could not police with the Covid-19 restrictions.
“The Mayor will still officially turn on the lights on a date to be determined.”
Cllr Upton added: “We are still committed to supporting businesses to promote Christmas shopping in the town.
“We are looking at free parking on Saturdays during the festive period, and are hoping to have some socially distancedcraft markets on the Market Square.
“We will be looking at doing some live streaming videos with businesses to help promote them and we will also have the Best Dressed Window competition.”
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