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Virtual Bretton Festival going ahead on Saturday

Bretton Parish Council has confirmed its festival is going ahead virtually on Saturday (July 17). 

The popular local community event is usually held annually at Bretton Park.  

Bretton Parish Council has been running it for more than 30 years and it has always been a fun-filled day with stalls, food, fairground rides, musical entertainment, arts and crafts among other attractions.  

But like most other events and festivals, it was cancelled last year due to the pandemic restrictions. 

This year the council has decided to hold it virtually as they thought it might be the safest option amidst the uncertainties.  

The decision was made earlier this spring, but some members of the public have expressed disappointment on social media over the festival being organised online.

One argued that "the recent Bretton fair and more recently the Euro events were given the go-ahead to be held in person with thousands of attendees, why couldn't the festival be held in its original format at the park?"

This year’s virtual event will include the Bretton’s Got Talent competition, an art competition, quiz, uploads from local groups and a short introduction to the parish councillors. 

The link to the festival will be posted on social media on Friday (July 16). 

In a parish council meeting earlier this year, chair Cllr Catherine Lee had said it "could look at doing a special event for the festival next year as Bretton marks 50 years, with the hope that lockdown restrictions will not be around by next summer".