Paignton Green summer events cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

Children's Week in Torbay, the UK's longest-running children's festival

Children's Week in Torbay, the UK's longest-running children's festival - Credit: Archant

This summer's Paignton Green events - Paignton Festival, Paignton Regatta and Children's Week as well as the English Riviera Bike Festival - have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

English Riviera Green Spaces Group (ERGSG) announced the cancellation 'with much sadness and regret'.

The ERGSG committee has also ruled out the possibility of staging their events at a future date this year.

The group, who meet regularly in order to exchange ideas and work together, have taken advice from many different agencies including local and national groups.

Paul Northey, co-ordinator of the English Riviera Green Spaces group, said: 'We had very much hoped the situation in the UK would have improved significantly by the summer. However, given Government social distancing measures, it will simply not be possible to for the events to continue this year.'

Ken Robertson, chairman of Paignton Regatta, said: 'The regatta committee is deeply saddened to have to cancel the 2020 event. However, we will now begin planning a bigger and better event for 2021.'

All three events are steeped in the history of Torbay; bringing additional visitors to the area and all the events are loved by tourists and locals alike. Paignton Regatta is in its 173rd year, Paignton Festival (formerly Torbay Carnival) is more than 100 years old and Children's Week is the longest running children's festival in the UK.

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Michael Bailey, chairman of Paignton Festival, added 'It is with the heaviest heart that the senior management team and committee at Paignton Festival had to make the most difficult decision to cancel this year's event.

'In more than 110 years of our event running, we have never had to make this decision before. We are all now pulling together to bring us back in 2021 bigger and better than ever before.'

Matthew Dart, chairman of Children's Week (Torbay), Said 'It will be the first time we have not been able to go ahead with the event since 1946. We have already started to plan for a bigger event in 2021.'