Lichfield District Council has confirmed that Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park 2020 will not go ahead this year.
Since the coronavirus pandemic started, officers and councillors have been looking at possible ways to deliver the event. However, with September fast approaching and given the covid-related government guidance, it has become clear that going ahead with Lichfield Proms would be neither viable nor responsible.
Councillor Richard Cox, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks & Waste, said: “It is with great regret that we have decided to cancel this year’s event.
“We have been reviewing the practicalities of hosting Lichfield Proms since the start of the covid lockdown. As we get closer to the date, the case for not going ahead this year is clear.
“At this time a large-scale audience event of this nature could pose a risk to public safety and government guidance is clear on this.
“We are looking at a range of alternative options, including a different type of event, potentially later in the year.
“I am very sorry to have to make this announcement and I know residents and visitors will be disappointed as Lichfield Proms is a big highlight of the summer. However, our prime responsibility is to support public safety.
“I hope we will be able to deliver an event of some kind later in the year and look forward to welcoming everyone back to Lichfield Proms in 2021.”
About Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park 2020
Lichfield Proms was due to take place in Beacon Park in Lichfield on Saturday 5 September 2020.
The free entry outdoor concert was expected to attract an audience of around 10,000.
It was set to feature the City of Lichfield Concert Band, followed by the main concert to be performed by the British Police Symphony Orchestra, and a firework finale.