Thornbury Carnival has been cancelled following that Covid restrictions would be continuing for a month.

The event was due to take place on July 2 and 3, after all restrictions had been due to be lifted on June 21. However, an announcement this week means Covid rules would still have been in place over carnival weekend.

Organisers had initially signalled their intention to continue with the event, before admitting defeat after failing to win the support of local councils.

A statement from the chair of the carnival committee said: “Further to the Prime Minister's announcement on the 14th June extending Step 3 to the 19th July, we have been in liaison with both Thornbury Town Council and South Gloucestershire Council.

"We regret that the current level of national concern has meant we were unable to gain their support in going ahead with the event. As a result, we are currently exploring our options for 2021 and 2022 and we will update people as soon as possible.

"We remain committed to securing the future of Thornbury Carnival and we will work hard to determine how this is best achieved over the coming days and weeks.

"As part of this, we will make direct contact with people who have already purchased tickets on the available options as well as with all of our suppliers.

"I would like to publicly thank the small group of volunteers who have worked so incredibly hard to put plans together for what we believed would be a safe event. I would also like to thank our suppliers, many of whom have had an incredibly challenging year but who have stood by us despite their difficulties.

Like all voluntary organisations, we are always keen to receive additional support in the work that we do. If you live locally and would like to get involved in helping us shape plans for future events, please do get in touch."