Leyland Festival cancelled until 2022 due to Covid-19 pandemic

Organisers of Leyland Festival have confirmed the event has been cancelled for a second year running.

By Julia Bennett
Tuesday, 9th February 2021, 3:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th February 2021, 3:58 pm

With a legacy spanning more than 150 years and an annual attendance of around 10,000 people, Leyland Festival is a key date on the South Ribble calendar, but the ongoing impact of

Covid-19 has forced a hiatus this summer.

A date has been set for the event to return on June 18, 2022.

Leyland Festival started with the spectacular 'Greatest Show in Lancashire' parade in 2019

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    Martin Carlin, chairman of the board of Leyland Festival directors, said: “The cancellation of the festival for a second year brings huge disappointment for everyone involved.

    “Although we have wrestled with this decision and made every effort to go ahead, it has become evident that we cannot continue to plan for an event in such uncertain times.

    “The logistical and financial pressure on the shoulders of everyone involved in bringing the event to life – our dedicated participants, stallholders, volunteers, organisers and sponsors – is

    too great to bear in a climate of such uncertainty.

    “We exist to showcase the very best of what our town and wider county has to offer, and sadly this year that means hitting pause in order to protect and care for each other.

    “There is hope on the horizon, and with great excitement we are able to announce our plans to return with another spectacular event on June 18, 2022.

    “We are overwhelmed with inspiration and dedication, and are working towards an action-packed agenda filled with events to suit our growing and diverse community.

    “We’re asking everyone to stay safe, hopeful, and excited, and to prepare to party when we finally make it back!”

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