The town’s classic summer fixture, Bushey Festival, has been postponed until 2021 – but the organisers will still look to hold an epic reopening event after lockdown.
The popular festival was set to take place from June 26 to July 5 this summer, but the pandemic has forced the organisers to reconsider.
A statement on the Bushey Festival website said: “It will come as no great surprise that we have to formally announce the postponement of the festival. As with so many social events, the decision was taken out of our hands as Hertsmere Council announced the closure of all park events.
“However, that said, it’s hasn’t been deferred without offering a ‘re-uniting’ event when we are able to gather again, hopefully in the autumn.
“We can’t deny that it really does feel sad, not least because of all the hard work and effort that’s gone into its planning but because we were hoping that a festival would be the very thing that people would need having endured this life-changing event.
“There will not be a Festival programme including ‘Festival in the Park’ until July 2021. Our efforts will be in supporting the community in other ways and preparing for ‘Bushey is Open’ welcome back event.”
The Bushey is Open event, which is expected to take place as soon as possible, will be a celebration of the community’s resilience in need to come together following lockdown.
Regarding the event, organisers said: “This now seems to even more important to do once we are permitted to congregate in numbers. Right now, people are showing their need to express solidarity with each and it follows that we will want to do it on a larger scale when allowed to.
“In the next few weeks we’ll be contacting faith groups, sports clubs, charity groups, community services, local businesses (pubs, restaurants, cafés, high street shops ….) etc. to join in, in whatever way they are able, to celebrate the community’s resilience and need to come together.”
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