Exmouth Festival has been cancelled for the second year running because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Exmouth Town Council said it was ‘with a heavy heart’ the decision had been taken to scratch the event, which had been due to take place over the Whitsun Bank Holiday, from May 28-31.
Plans for Exmouth Festival 2022 will begin shortly ‘to make sure it is the party that the people of Exmouth deserve’, organisers said.
We are all really disappointed that we are again unable to put on a festival this year…
And the town council said it hopes to offer some community entertainment later in the year once lockdown restrictions have been lifted.
The organisers said the health, wellbeing and safety of Exmouth’s residents and the festival artists, musicians, volunteers and supporters was paramount.
Councillor Joy Whipps Chair of the Festival committee said: “We are all disappointed but unfortunately it was inevitable.
“We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the festival when it is safe to do so”
A spokeswoman for the Exmouth Festival said: “The decision has not been taken lightly but has been made in accordance with the Government’s current guidelines and recently-announced roadmap.
“We realise that a lot of people will be disappointed but the health and wellbeing of our community, artists, musicians, volunteers and festival supporters is always our priority.”
“We are all really disappointed that we are again unable to put on a festival this year.
“It will be a loss to the town and yet another blow for all the artists, musicians and community groups who normally take part.”
She added: “Exmouth Town Council will endeavor to provide some fun and entertainment later in the summer when we are legally allowed and it is safe to do so.”
The festival traditionally takes place over the Whitsun May Bank Holiday.
The 2020 festival was abandoned after the first lockdown measures were introduced in a bid to halt the spread of Covid-19.