Organisers of the annual Moira Canal Festival have announced that the event will not take place this year because of coronavirus.
The 20th anniversary festival was due to run on Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and 23.
However, the festival committee has decided to cancel the event for the second year in a row, citing the ongoing pandemic.
The event was cancelled last year for the first time in its 20-year history.
As well as an impressive array of canal boats, the 20th anniversary event was set to include entertainment from The D-Day Darlings, a Battle of Britain flypast, Morris dancing, falconry displays, children’s entertainment, historic vehicles, and a wide range of stalls and exhibits.
A statement was posted on the Moira Canal Festival Facebook page, announcing the latest decision.
It said: “It is with deep regret that, as a committee, we have reviewed our position and more specifically the safety of all who attend, and have decided to further postpone the event to 2022.
“The new date will be 21st and 22nd May 2022.
“With how unpredictable the coronavirus outbreak has been, we just cannot commit to a 2021 festival with the chance of a localised lockdown, national lockdown or even event restrictions in place.
“Our committee work tirelessly on ensuring that the annual festival is entertaining, family friendly and spectacular. We also make sure that it is safe and enjoyed by all.
“Rest assured, work has began behind the scenes to ensure that the our 20th anniversary event will be the biggest, the best and the most impressive festival we have ever held.”
The Moira Canal Festival is held every year on the restored section of the Ashby Canal, at the historic Moira Furnace Museum.
It aims to raise awareness of, and money for, the restoration, extension and maintenance of the Ashby Canal.
The Ashby Canal is being restored from its current terminus at Snarestone to Moira.
This major project will ultimately reconnect Measham, Oakthorpe, Donisthorpe and Moira to the national waterways network, and provide a green gateway to the heart of the National Forest.
The new date for the festival will be Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2022.