Billericay Christmas Market organisers 'left with no choice' but to cancel event due to coronavirus pandemic

Santa Clause at Billericay Christmas Market

Article by Paige Ingram: This year's Billericay Christmas market has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the years the Christmas market has attracted thousands of people with its variety of stalls offering everything from crafts to clothing and gifts.

The market, run by the Rotary Club of Billericay Mayflower, usually also has live entertainment, fairground rides, a circus troupe and a Santa's parade through the High Street.

But this year the children of Essex will miss out on seeing Santa parade through the town as organisers have been forced to cancel the event.

A post on the Rotary Club's Facebook page, posted this afternoon(Saturday, September 26) explained how they were left with 'no choice but to cancel'. The post read:"Well, we waited until the effect of the easing of lockdown was known, in the hope that BCM could take place.

"Unfortunately, the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases and the Government’s reaction to it has led to the announcement of revised guidelines on gatherings, with the comment that these new, stricter rules are likely to be in place for six months. This has regrettably left us with no choice but to cancel BCM 2020. However, we’re in the process of setting up a “Just Giving” page in the hope that our loyal and kind Billericay supporters who can, will be able to help us continue to assist the local charities that usually benefit from the proceeds of Christmas Market."

Article by Paige Ingram, EssexLive