A popular carnival in the TYNE VALLEY has been cancelled for a second year running due to the uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic.

Haltwhistle’s annual carnival is one of the town’s most popular events every summer, but the 2021 event will not take place due to the ongoing situation.

“We’re not going ahead with it this year due to the Covid restrictions,” said carnival chairman Michael Glenwright.

“The chairman and the committee are bitterly disappointed that for the second year running it’s not going to go ahead.”

Although the event itself won’t be taking place, Michael did go on to add that they’re hoping to organise some smaller events if restrictions allow later this summer.

“We’re looking at doing something smaller later on in the year, but it won’t be carnival sized,” added Michael.

“Maybe something like a walking treasure hunt, but it depends on the restrictions.

“If some of them (the restrictions) are lifted, we’ll start looking at doing some smaller things to keep the fundraising going.

“Hopefully next year we’ll come back bigger and better!

“At the minute like everyone else we’re in limbo with what’s happening.

“Hopefully when things begin to ease and we can get all of the committee back together in one room we can start to plan for next year preliminary going ahead.”

The carnival usually sees the town play host to a week of events in the build up to the big day itself including activities such as a children’s party, quiz night and a duck race.

Last year’s carnival was also cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.