ANOTHER of the district's most popular events has fallen victim to the coronavirus.

The Tynedale Beer and Cider Festival, which had been due to be held over three days from June 18, was postponed on Tuesday.

It follows public health guidance from the government advising people to limit all social contact. A new date has yet to be confirmed.

Festival organisers have urged people who have already purchased tickets not to claim a refund just yet.

A spokeswoman for the festival said: "At this stage, we are hoping that many of you who have already purchased tickets will help us by waiting to see when the new dates are confirmed.

"Should Government restrictions mean that we have to cancel the festival for this year, you will still be able to claim a full refund.

"The Festival has already incurred significant costs which will not be recovered if the festival has to be cancelled in 2020.

"As we are all volunteers and run the festival for charity and fundraising, we would ask that you consider forgoing refunds, or only request a partial refund.

"If you could help us by not requesting a refund, your tickets would be valid for the 2021 festival."

The team behind the festival said they would aim to keep the public informed via social media.