It is with sad hearts that the directors of Ambleside Community Christmas Lights Ltd have concluded that they have no option but to cancel significant parts of this year's activities.

The country finds itself in a situation unlike anything experienced since WW2. The country is currently on “lockdown” and “social isolating” and “social distancing” seem set to continue until such time as a vaccine is available to all (which scientists currently believe could be into 2021).

The directors and committee members realise that we cannot plan to encourage upwards of 8000 people to assemble in November and risk a spread of the Coronavirus to and amongst those people.

Therefore we have, after serious consideration , come to the conclusion that the following events must be cancelled :

•  The Lantern Workshops (usually held in the October half term)

•  All the events associated with the Switch-on Day (3 rd Saturday in November)

•  The Father Christmas Cruises

•  The Lantern Parade and switch-on

•  The fireworks display

•  The community stalls in the Market Cross area

•  The fun zone activities in the school playground

There is a possibility (but no more than that) that we may be able to put up the Christmas Lights around the town, depending upon restrictions in force during October and early November.

We also hope to continue with the shop window competition if possible.

Like every other town in the UK, Ambleside looks forward to be able to “get back to normality” but at the moment the directors have to take a realistic view and try to minimise the risk of the disease spreading through our event.

We also have to give sufficient notice to our suppliers (Windermere Lake Cruises and the fireworks providers) as well as accommodation providers who will need to contact anyone who has already made a booking for the Christmas Lights Weekend.

We will update our websites and Facebook page with any further information if and when it arises.

Directors: Fiona Sparrow, Richard Attenborough, Graham Harrison

April 19, 2020