THE Southport Air Show and British Musical Fireworks Championships are the latest events to be axed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation in the UK and the impact that it is having, Sefton Council ‘has been forced to take the difficult decision’ to cancel the Southport Air Show on September 12 and September 13 as well as the British Musical Fireworks Championship from September 25 - September 27. The events will return next year (2021). Each year these flagship events attract visitors from all over the UK and generate millions of pounds for Sefton’s local economy, supporting local businesses.
The news comes after the cancellation of the Southport Food and Drink Festival in June and the much-loved Southport Flower Show in August.
Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council's Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, says, “Every autumn we welcome thousands of people to Southport to enjoy these two major events in the town; the Southport Air Show and the British Musical Fireworks Championship. However, as the latest government guidance on the next stages of its Covid-19 response indicate, 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.”
With lots of vast beaches and park space, Visit Southport has been urging people to continue to follow UK government advice. When it is again safe to do so it will ensure a warm welcome awaits visitors to Southport. To find out more about Visit Southport’s response to the coronavirus and to receive updates visit https://www.visitsouthport.com/coronavirus