Gravesend fireworks 2020 cancelled due to COVID19 restrictions

Gravesend fireworks 2020 cancelled due to COVID19 restrictions

 Published: 02-Sep-2020

Gravesend’s annual free firework display has been cancelled for 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions preventing large gatherings.

It is hoped the event, due to have been held on the Riverside area on Friday 6 November, will return next year.

Announcing the news, Cllr Shane Mochrie-Cox, Gravesham Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure, said: “We have waited as long as we can before making this decision in the hope that Government guidance around large gatherings might be relaxed.

“However, there comes a point where we have to be realistic and bite the bullet. As you can imagine, an event of the scale of our annual display takes a lot of planning and organisation, particularly for our suppliers who provide the fireworks and the technology to create such a great show.

“It is only fair on them, the organising team, and the thousands of local people who so enjoy the display to make a decision now.”

However, Cllr Mochrie-Cox said the council was confident that it would be able to give the Borough something to celebrate before the end of the year.

“It may only be September, but we are already well advanced in our planning for this year’s Christmas celebrations,” he said.

“These will, of course, have to be very different to previous years, but we are confident that what we have in store will be a celebration that includes the whole of the Borough and that builds on the tremendous sense of community and belonging that have been among the good things to come out of this terrible year.

“We will share full details later in the year, and I am looking forward to celebrating happier times ahead with our fantastic communities.”

 Last updated: 11-Sep-2020