Popular town festival held annually for last decade cancelled in 2020



A community celebration that has been running for more than a decade is being postponed until next year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Churchill Road Festival was due to offer a fun day out for families in Cheadle on Saturday, June 13. In previous years visitors have enjoyed attractions including live music, dog shows, inflatables and funfair rides.

But on Monday (March 16) Cheadle Town Council was told this year’s event would not be going ahead.

The announcement came the same day as the Government advised against mass gatherings as part of measures to delay the spread of coronavirus – also known as Covid-19.

Councillor Ian Whitehouse, who is chair of the festival organising committee, told fellow council members: “Due to the current situation we have decided to cancel this year’s festival.

“We would like to thank the town council for the funding – we think the money may be better used at this time to help the townspeople if this epidemic continues.”

Cheadle Town Council had offered £2,000 towards this year’s festival.

But the festival organising committee had delayed booking attractions. This decision meant the committee had not made any bookings at the time it postponed the event.

Councillor Whitehouse said: “We had been putting it off to make sure we had the funding first – we normally start booking in February. If we had started booking people we would have lost all the money.

“We decided the council can have the grant money back and it can possibly help somebody in the town. It would have been used for booking events and the marquee.

“We made the decision over the weekend. We normally have 300-400 people there, so we thought in today’s climate it was the best thing to do.

“A lot of people have welcomed it and said it’s the sensible thing to do. We have got big decisions to make with other town centre events, such as the VE Day celebrations.”





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