A LACK of certainty over Covid-19 regulations has been blamed for the cancelling of this year's May Fair.

Herefordshire Council has confirmed that the rescheduled events in Hereford and Leominster this year have been cancelled.


A statement from Herefordshire Council said: "The fairs were originally postponed earlier this year from their usual Spring dates until the summer, when it was hoped circumstances would be safer and easier for the events to go ahead.

"While coronavirus restrictions are set to change from July 19, the four-week pause to that lifting imposed by central government resulted in a lack of certainty being given as to whether these specific fairs could take place.

"Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the council and the event organisers, it has not been possible to put together viable events within such a short timeframe, taking into account the complexities of street fairs."

Dean Deakin, chairman of the South Wales and Northern Ireland Section of The Showman’s Guild, said: “We are naturally disappointed that we are unable to bring the fair to Hereford but we can’t wait to return to the streets there in 2022.”

Abie Morris, on behalf of the Morris family, added: “We also are saddened that we are not able to visit Leominster this time.

"We will miss bringing the fun and entertainment to the town and will make the 2022 fair better than ever. ”

On behalf of Herefordshire Council, councillor Ange Tyler, cabinet member for housing, regulatory services and community safety said: “Whilst it is disappointing that these popular events in Leominster and Hereford will not be able to take place due to the timescale, the council reaffirms its support for both fairs and I have no doubt that our residents will welcome them back next year.”