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Langham Street Market on August Bank Holiday cancelled because it draws huge crowds

Langham Street Market has been cancelled - the day after the Government said outdoor markets could go ahead.

But the organisers say the reason isn't the type of event - it's to conform with policies on social distancing and large gatherings.

Last year's event was described as "exceptional" and "buzzing".

A busy scene at the 2019 Langham Street Market
A busy scene at the 2019 Langham Street Market

In a statement, the trustees of Langham Village Hall who run the event said it would "not be appropriate" to hold the event, which had been due to take place on Monday, August 31.

"The organisers would like to thank everyone who has already given so much of their time and energy towards this year’s cancelled event, and hope that they can continue to count on that support for next year’s Street Market to be held on August 30, 2021.

"All those who have already booked pitches will be contacted to offer them a refund, or the option to carry over the booking payment as an early reservation for a pitch at next year’s market."

The trustees said some had offered this year's pitch payment as a donation to the upkeep of the village hall, which the trustees were grateful for because the hall still has running costs even though it's currently receiving no income.

Other events this Summer which have been cancelled include Rutland County Show, Rutland Birdfair and the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials at Burghley House near Stamford.

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