THE onoing coronavirus crisis has killed off any hopes that Southport’s top annual shows can be held this year.
Southport Air Show and the British Musical Fireworks Championships are the latest events to be axed, joining the previously announced Southport Flower Show and the Southport Food and Drink Festival, which was to have been held this month.
Sefton Council and flower show organisers say the events will hopefully return next year. The flagship attractions bring visitors from all over the UK and generate millions of pounds for Sefton’s local economy, supporting local businesses.
Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council's Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Every autumn, we welcome thousands of people to Southport to enjoy the air show and the fireworks championships - both major events in the town. However, it will not be possible or responsible, for large-scale events to take place.
“We understand this news will disappoint a lot of people, but we all have to work hard to protect the health and the wellbeing of our communities and the safety of everyone involved including visitors, exhibitors, traders, staff, contractors, and the many more who contribute and play a part in delivering these much-loved events. These are the factors at the very forefront of our decision. We look forward to welcoming everyone again next year.”
This will be the first time since the Second World War that Southport Flower Show has not been held and it is a huge disappointment to the management team who work so hard to make the event happen.
Show bosses say the cancellation will cause severe financial implications not just for the show itself, but it will also profoundly affect the show’s partners, sponsors, suppliers and traders.
They are asking that if you have already purchased tickets, to consider supporting the show by not requesting a refund or by rolling over tickets to next year’s show taking place August 19-22. Details can be found at www.southportflowershow.co.uk
To find out more about Visit Southport’s response to the coronavirus and to receive updates visit https://www.visitsouthport.com/coronavirus
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