Watford Borough Council has taken the decision to cancel this year’s Cassiobury Fireworks Display, due to current restrictions surrounding coronavirus.
Each November, large crowds usually gather in Cassiobury Park to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night.
However, with evidence showing mass gatherings can trigger local Covid-19 outbreaks, the council stated people’s health and safety needs “to be the top priority”.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “Like many families and local people, I look forward to the Fireworks Display and I am really disappointed that we won’t be able to enjoy what is always a great evening in Cassiobury Park.
“We never take a decision to cancel an event lightly but we know that bringing a large number of people together, even in the open, is a risk to our community and so regrettably, this year, the display won’t be going ahead.
“Whilst we know that large events which attract big crowds aren’t possible, we are looking at some exciting and new ways to brighten up the town centre over Christmas.
“There will be lots of fun for families and a great Christmas light display, so I am sure Watford will have plenty of festive spirit this year, despite having to do things a bit differently”.
For several years, Vibe 107.6 FM has been closely involved with organising and also providing entertainment at Cassiobury Fireworks.
Local band Katie Plus Juan, were due to perform at this year’s display.
As a station we support Watford Borough Council’s decision to cancel next month’s display, and look forward to delivering the entertainment when it's safe to do so.