Council chairman hopes Parish Festival will make return in 2021

October 05 2020
Council chairman hopes Parish Festival will make return in 2021

The chairman of St Peter’s Parish Council hopes the ward’s major social event can return in 2021 after being cancelled this year due to the coronavirus crisis.

Alan Tucker said a plan would need to be in place to make a 2021 St Peter’s Parish Festival Covid secure if it was to go ahead.

Mr Tucker said a decision would have to be taken early on whether the festival could be planned for next year.

Organisers would also probably have to consider staging it in Battenhall Park rather than its normal venue, Power Park, due to ongoing works for the installation there of the landing for the Broomhall Way foot and cycle bridge.

He explained: “In relation to the festival, of course we will do everything we can to have one.

“It's looking like Battenhall Park rather than Power Park due to the work and the restoration required but just needs confirming.

“Will we actually have one due to Covid? Hopefully we will have a vaccine by then, or some other normality, but I did raise the issue of looking at what a social distancing festival would look like.”

He added that his fellow parish councillor, John Renshaw, as the portfolio holder for the festival, had taken that on that task.

Mr Tucker went on: “Given what has happened in the last six months, it is difficult at present to see what might be happening next July but we will do our best to have a festival.”