CORONAVIRUS: King's Lynn's Festival Too cancelled
Coronavirus claimed another high-profile event in West Norfolk tonight with the shock news that Festival Too will not take place.
Organisers of the huge free festival in the heart of Lynn made the announcement shortly after 10pm on the event's Facebook page.
The festival was due to be held spread over three weekends in July and staged on King Staithe Square and then the Tuesday Market Place.
The statement said: "For the first time in our 35-year history, it is with sadness that Festival Too is cancelled for this year.
"This has been a heart-breaking decision to make but, in consultation with public health bodies and government advice, the committee feel that it would be inappropriate to continue with this year’s event, which typically sees over 60,000 attend the festival over three weekends in July.
"This is not what we had hoped for during our 35th year celebrations, but we hope that you understand and respect our decision.
"Our love and thanks as ever go to all of our sponsors and volunteers, and everyone who attends the festival, we hope we can count on your support next year when we aim to have some belated 35th birthday celebrations."
"For now, our love goes to you all, we will be in touch with more news as soon as we can."
The annoucement finished off a grim day for culture in West Norfolk at the hands of Covid-19. Six events due to take place in coming weeks for the King's Lynn Festival were cancelled and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival was also canned.