Coronavirus: Bedford festivals postponed by council
A river festival that attracts about 250,000 people to a town has been postponed due to the coronavirus
The free Bedford River Festival will now be held on 17 and 18 July 2021 instead of 18 and 19 July.
The Bedford Kite and Motoring Festival, in June, has also been postponed, but could be held later in the year.
Bedford Borough Council said it was felt to be "the right decision" at a time of "national crisis".
A council spokeswoman said: "At this time of national crisis, continuing to plan this huge event would put significant strain on key resources, including community participation, which is such a key part of making the festival what it is.
"This is not a decision that was taken lightly; with the government guidance encouraging people to avoid large gatherings to minimise the spread of coronavirus and uncertainty about how long these measures will have to be in place, this is felt to be the right decision."
The Liberal Democrat Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson, said "This will be disappointing news to many people."
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