Newmarket Town Council has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Carnival in response to the latest government advice around coronavirus. This is extremely disappointing but completely necessary at the current time in order to enable all of us to do as much as we possibly can to reduce the spread of the virus. Nonetheless, we are agreed that this is the right decision for our volunteers, participants, spectators, partners, stewards and staff.
We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved significantly by 4 July 2020. However, given Government social distancing measures and banning of social gatherings currently in force, it will simply not be possible to plan the event, which ordinarily would have been ongoing over many months.
The carnival has been an annual event since 2003. This year’s theme was around climate change and entitled ‘’Carnival for the future’’ suggested by the late Ian Kirk. The good news is that satellite images are showing dramatic drops in air pollution around the globe, offering a silver lining to an otherwise very dark story.
Cllr Julie De’Ath, chair of the Leisure Services Committee said:
‘’ We extend our sincere appreciation to our schools, community groups, marching bands, business partners, participants, performers and sponsors who were primed to celebrate with us. Newmarket Carnival is about the community and this spirit will continue as we plan for a spectacular comeback in 2021.”
The 2021 Newmarket Carnival festival is set to take place Saturday 3rd July 2021.