Town’s showpiece event cancelled for second year in a row

Helston Flora Day has been cancelled for a second consecutive year due to Covid-19.

The decision comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the country will still be under Covid restrictions on Flora Day’s traditional date of May 8.

The showpiece event sees Helstonians of all ages dance through the town’s streets in front of packed crowds to celebrate the coming of summer.

A statement from the Flora Day association confirmed the sad, if not unexpected news.

It read: “ Helston Flora Day cancelled for the second year in a row due to Covid-19 Pandemic.

Flora Day, which had been due to take place on Saturday, May 8th will no longer take place due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

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“The Helston Flora Day Association has been following closely the Government information and guidance on the current pandemic and wishes to ensure the safety of the public, participants, and Helston Town Band members.

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“It is therefore with great sadness that the association has taken the decision to cancel the day for a second year, Dance secretary, Nick Wills said a number of virtual events are in the planning to mark this year’s event and full details will be available on the Flora Day Association website at helstonfloraday.org.uk and on our Facebook Page.

“Please stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you to Helston in 2022.”

Last year was the first time in memory the event that is hundreds of year’s old, didn’t not take place. The last time it didn’t was thought to be during the world wars.

However the Government plans to lift lockdown measures in June has given some hope that some events will take place as planned later in the summer.

Cornwall Live