Festival is cancelled

This year’s Worstead Festival has been cancelled – but organisers have vowed that local charities which usually benefit will not lose out.

The event, which was due to be held over the weekend of July 24 and 25, was cancelled last year because of covid-19 restrictions and uncertainty over what will be allowed this summer means organisers have also halted this year’s.

The festival in a previous year.

“This last year has been extremely difficult for us all and we all really wanted the festival to happen,” said the Jane Bond, chairman of the trustees. “It’s unlikely that a government decision allowing the festival to proceed will be made before June 21. This would give insufficient time to complete arrangements to safely deliver the festival.

“The aim of the festival has always been to help local charities, so with that in mind the trustees have decided to grant money to local good causes instead of putting it towards organising a festival this year.”

Totally staffed by volunteers, the Worstead Festival was first held in 1966 to raise money to save the village church. It has grown into a weekend of family entertainment celebrating rural life, farming, crafts, produce and the heritage of Worstead and North Norfolk.

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