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Camborne's Trevithick Day cancelled because of coronavirus

Camborne's Trevithick Day cancelled because of coronavirus

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:04am 16th March 2020.

Camborne's Trevithick Day has been cancelled because of coronavirus.

The annual event celebrates the life of engineer Richard Trevithick, the man who designed the world's first moving steam engine.

It usually sees hundreds of school children, families and members of the community join together.

Among festivities there is a special parade, with working models making their way through the town, as well as entertainment and dancing.

The 2020 event was due to take place in April but bosses have announced it will not go ahead because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Big events across the country have already been cancelled, such as football matches and the London marathon, and it is feared that a ban could be introduced on mass gatherings.

Bosses say the decision to cancel this year's event has not been taken lightly but that people's health is their top priority.

Work will soon be underway on organising next year's Trevithick Day instead, which will be the 250th anniversary of Richard Trevithick’s birth.

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Camborne's 2020 Trevithick Day has been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak. Bosses say it is to help keep people safe.

"The Trevithick Day Committee met on Friday evening and made the tough decision to cancel this year’s Trevithick Day, due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. Having held a restricted event at the last minute in 2019 due to the weather, we wanted to provide certainty as early as we could.

"As we are sure many will appreciate, this decision has not been taken lightly. A great deal of effort has gone into planning and preparing for the event. That being said, we feel strongly that the health, safety and wellbeing of our exhibitors, performers, volunteers and general public must be our top priority.  Any illness amongst volunteers, extra pressure on healthcare resources or new requirements for event organisers places a doubt on public safety on the day.

"The government has stated that the coronavirus outbreak will get worse and there is a risk that at some point they will ban large-scale events. We have already seen many sporting events cancelled or postponed, including the London Marathon on April 26th. The committee feels that such a ban would mean us incurring substantial losses that may jeopardise future events. By cancelling now we limit those losses.

"We considered the possibility of postponing to another date, but there is no way of knowing when the impact of the outbreak will be over.  We also intend to start work on 2021 Trevithick day very soon. In fact planning is already underway for what will be a special festival – the 250th anniversary of Richard Trevithick’s birth.

"We would like to thank everyone, in particular Camborne Town Council, for their continued support for Trevithick Day and look forward to seeing you all in April 2021."

The Trevithick Day Committee

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