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Ringwood Carnival cancelled for second year in a row due to Covid

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RINGWOOD Carnival has become the latest community event to be cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, organisers have confirmed.

It was due to take place in the town on 18th September, featuring floats, marching bands and a carnival queen on a horse-drawn cart.

The carnival was also axed last year due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions. It has promised to return "brighter and better" next year.

The carnival was also cancelled in 2020 (48661879)
The carnival was also cancelled in 2020 (48661879)

Before then the popular event, which was first held in 1928, had previously only been cancelled once due to the Second World War.

A statement on its Facebook page from organisers said: "It is with great sadness that we announce that Ringwood Carnival 2021 will not take place. Due to many aspects that are out of the control of the carnival committee, we sadly cannot continue with plans for this year’s carnival.

"We know how sad you will be about this decision – it has certainly been a very difficult one for us, and we are extremely disappointed that we will not get to see your lovely smiling faces lining the streets of Ringwood in September as planned."

The statement added: "We had planned quite a lot for September’s event, but there were too many factors that took it out of our hands.

"We love you, people of Ringwood – you are the ones that make the carnival successful. We will be back bigger, brighter and better in 2022."

The event was originally set up to fund the purchase of a field from local man Mr Carver, as well as to raise money for the Royal Victoria and West Hants Hospital.

Carnivals followed in 1931 and 1934, when the Coldstream Guards marched through the town in full dress uniform. The first carnival after the war was held in 1950 and, up until 2020, had continued every year since.

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