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Penzance's Mazey Day cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

Penzance's Mazey Day cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:11am 20th March 2020. (Updated at 10:41am 20th March 2020)

Penzance's Mazey Day has become the latest coronavirus casualty in Cornwall's calendar.

The town's Golowan Festival has been cancelled for 2020 in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The week-long event was due to take place from 19th to 28th June.

Thousands usually descend on Penzance each year for the festival, which celebrates midsummer and the Feast of St John. 

Organisers say the decision has not been taken lightly but that they must do everything possible to reduce the risk to the public's health.

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"In these difficult and uncertain times there are decisions that need to be made in relation to how the Corona virus/Covid 19 will impact on our lives, work and events. The directors of Golowan Festival Community Interest Company have very recently had serious discussions and meetings with, amongst others, the Cornwall Council Local Safety Advisory Group, Penzance Town Council, the festival's Event Safety Manager and our supporters and partners.

"Based on the advice we have been given and after much consideration it has been decided that this year Golowan Festival, as organised by Golowan Festival CIC, will sadly need to be cancelled. This is not a decision that has been taken lightly and whilst we appreciate that many people and groups will be disappointed about the cancellation of such a well-loved community event we are sure that everyone will understand that the decision has been taken in order to reduce the risks posed by Covid-19 and paramount in our reasoning is the need to do everything possible to protect and maintain public safety and well-being.

"If you have any questions do please get in touch via this email address or on the Golowan Facebook or Twitter sites.

"We thank you for your support and understanding and would ask you to look forward, as we will, to next year's festival when Golowan will be celebrating its 30th anniversary."

Linda McKechnie, Alan Shepherd and Martin Venning, Directors at Golowan Festival CIC

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About Mazey Day:

Ancient celebrations of midsummer date back centuries but the tradition in Penzance wasn't revived until 1991.

27 years later, it continues with the election of the Mock Mayor of the Quay, a fireworks display and the appearance of Penglaz, the town's 'Obby 'Oss.

The main event, Mazey Day, is launched each year by the Mayor of Penzance and the Mock Mayor of the Quay and is the centrepiece of the festival.

Artists, schools and other community groups take to the streets with music and giant sculptures in a series of parades, while up to 40,000 people are expected to line the main street.

You can read more about Golowan here.

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