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The committee in charge of Diss Carnival has decided to take the difficult decision to cancel the popular event this year.

One of the busiest dates in the town’s calendar, the carnival includes a parade through Mere Street and brings many visitors to the town, but will not be going ahead due to uncertainty over the spread of coronavirus.

In a statement, the committee said: “After seven months of organising, this is not a decision we have made lightly.

Diss Town Carnival hosts hundreds of locals and visitors when it is on.
Diss Town Carnival hosts hundreds of locals and visitors when it is on.

“We are very aware that this will impact our stallholders, entertainers, suppliers and the whole local community greatly, but we feel we have a duty to protect contributors and visitors from any unnecessary health risk.”

Over the last week, the committee looked at all possible options for the carnival and, in the end, decided against a postponement.

Members felt that without any clear idea of when life will get back to normal, attempts to reschedule it could lead to the event being poorly attended or not run to the standard its hundreds of visitors would expect.

Diss Town Carnival hosts hundreds of locals and visitors when it is on.
Diss Town Carnival hosts hundreds of locals and visitors when it is on.

The committee continued: “Obviously, we are very disappointed. We had planned many ‘out-of-this-world’ attractions, great food stalls and plenty for everyone to do.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who had already signed up for the parade, applied for stalls, offered sponsorship or were working with us to provide the infrastructure on the day.”

The committee has contacted all the people who would have been involved in this year’s celebration and has issued refunds to all those who had booked pitches or given sponsorship to the event.

The statement continued: “We apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment this has caused and sincerely wish you all the best during this difficult time.

“We thank you for supporting Diss Carnival and we look forward to working with everyone again for Diss Carnival 2021.”

If anyone has any queries about the carnival or requires more information, email carnival@diss.gov.uk.



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