A massive Street Party planned in Ringwood for 8th May 2020 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day has been cancelled.

Ringwood Events Team and Ringwood Town Council have made the decision following guidance from the government on mass gatherings amidst the Coronavirus outbreak.

Months of planning have gone into the event which was to include live music, military vehicles, a remembrance service and parade.

Key organisations across the Town were supporting the event including the Royal British Legion, Churches Together, The Furlong, Ringwood Round Table, Ringwood Carnival, Scouts and Girl Guides to name a few.

Philip Day, the Deputy Town Mayor and Chair of Ringwood Events Team, said, “It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that the Events Team have decided to cancel the event planned for the 8th May.

It promised to be a fantastic day bringing the community together again. Given the self-isolation that so many older people now face, it is a real pity that we had to pull the plug.

Unfortunately, this is really out of our hands.”

Alternative commemorations on VE Day may still take place but with existing guidance on avoiding gatherings, residents are advised to keep abreast of developments on the Town Council’s website, social media and local press.

The Events Team are hopeful that this is a postponement rather than cancellation and may perhaps look at an August event to coincide with VJ Day.

However, a decision will be deferred for a few weeks to see how the development of the Coronavirus continues.