It is with regret that the Festival Committee has now taken the decision to cancel this year’s Festival due to the coronavirus situation. Given the rapidly changing circumstances and guidance from Government, it became obvious that we had no choice but to do this and that there was no point in further delaying the decision.
We will be back next year with a great programme, hopefully with some of this year’s performers re-booked but certainly with lots of fun and entertainment to cheer us all up again!
In the meantime, please do keep your eyes and ears open as we will be looking at what we might be able to do in the short term but we will also be planning events for our Winter Warmers season.
On behalf of the Festival Committee, we hope that you will all stay safe and healthy over the coming weeks and look forward to seeing you later in the year.
Here is the text of the Press Release that we sent to the local media late on Wednesday 18th March. You may well also see other notifications on our social media pages.
LYMM FESTIVAL CANCELLED
The Annual Lymm Festival that takes place for eleven days at the end of June has been cancelled due to Coronavirus.
A few days ago the Festival Committee announced the cancellation of their ‘Winter Warmer’ craft event for children that should have taken place at the Village Hall this Saturday.
Chairman of the Festival Committee Ian Marks says, “We have been reviewing the situation carefully in recent weeks hoping something might improve. However it is now abundantly clear that the Virus will be with us for many weeks and the position is deteriorating. We are bitterly disappointed after all the preparatory work that has been put in by the organising team of volunteers.
Two choral events have been cancelled in the last few days because rehearsals of the choirs have had to be stopped. Two sponsors have had to pull out because of the effect of the virus on business. Some venues would probably not be available and people would not want to mingle with others at a big outdoor event like our Foodfest. The public would not want to buy tickets for performances leaving us no choice.
Our task now is to contact performers, event organisers, venues and sponsors to let them know of our decision. This will take us a few days but I would like to assure anyone such as a sponsor that any money they have paid to the Festival will be refunded.
We have liased closely with our colleagues who run Lymm Transport Day and they have been forced to cancel this event too.”