The Spalding Festival has been cancelled for a second successive year, but organisers have promised it will return bigger and better than ever.
Those behind the Castle Sports Complex based highlight have taken the decision to not hold the 2021 event during the late May Bank Holiday due to the ongoing pandemic which also forced the cancellation of the 2020 festival.
Tom Bradshaw, Spalding Festival committee chair, said: “We’ve held out on making the decision to cancel for as long as possible but due to the current state of the pandemic and the high numbers of guests that we have through the door throughout the weekend and the charitable sponsorship we get from local businesses we’re unable to hold it the festival in May this year.
“It’s a great blow to us as organisers, to the local area and of course to charities and good causes that were lucky enough to support, as we are the areas only purely charitable festival and we donate all of the profits made and we would be potentially be on target to have donated nearly £100k over the five years.
“If things improve and we’re able to have significant numbers of people in one location later on in the year then we will definitely look at organising something for the people of Spalding.
“The festival will always be held over the late Bank Holiday and when we get the opportunity to hold it, it’ll be the fifth year and we have some significant plans for the event!
“There is no way that the festival will be permanently cancelled this is just a pause.”
Musical director Mark Le Sage, said: “We’re all bitterly disappointed but during a difficult time you have to make difficult decisions.
“Hopefully we’ll be back in 2022 for an even bigger and better version of the festival.
“We’d like to thank all of the committee for their hard work behind the scenes, the Round Table, the Ladies Circle, all the volunteers and sponsors.
“We do it for the local community but by cancelling it, this year we’re trying to look after our community.”