RINGWOOD Carnival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event was due to take place on September 19. It is believed that it is only the second time in its history that it has had to be cancelled.

Alix Gardner, of Ringwood Carnival, in a video statement made by Ringwood TV posted on the carnival's website, said: "It is with great sadness that the Ringwood Carnival Committee today (yesterday) announces to cancel this year's event due to be held on September 19.

"This decision is in order to help combat the coronavirus pandemic. The safety, health and wellbeing of the Ringwood Carnival spectators, participants, showman and traders, volunteers and officials, sponsors and all those associated with our event is our top priority."

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The statement continued: "We know that many will be disappointed that there will be no carnival day this year, and for most this will be the first year there are no processions through there town in their lifetime. As far as we know carnival day has only had to cancel once in its nearly 100 year history because of the Second World War.

"Members of the Ringwood Carnival Committee and trustees of our charity would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of our town's carnival. We look forward to planning and seeing you all at next year's event."