Chorley Council have announced that two of their popular annual events are to be cancelled due to the current coronavirus crisis.

A Taste of Chorley and Picnic in the Park, both planned for June, will not take place this year out of consideration for the health of attendees, exhibitors and staff. After reviewing these events over recent weeks to see if there was a chance of them happening, latest government announcements on social distancing and isolating left no alternative but to cancel them.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council said “It’s really disappointing that we’ve had to cancel more events due to the current situation. People have worked so hard to organise these events and local businesses rely on these events as a source of income, however the health of visitors and everyone involved remains a priority.”

The two-day A Taste of Chorley food festival usually attracts over 40 food and drink traders who along with town centre businesses offer a variety of locally produced cuisines. The event usually features a schedule of cooking demonstrations and competitions.

The Picnic in the Park events usually sees families and friends pack up a picnic and flock to Astley Park for an afternoon of free fun and entertainment, however this year they are encouraged to do this within their own homes or gardens.

Councillor Alistair Bradley continued “While we have cancelled these two events, we are looking at options for an event when we can all get together again and elements from both the events will be a part of that to give people something to enjoy and support the local economy.”

This year’s Chorley Flower Show event is currently under review.

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