Olney Town Council cancels this year's popular annual Victorian Christmas Market

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    Olney Town Council has announced that the popular 'Dickens of a Christmas' event will not be taking place this year.

    Olney Town Council has announced that the popular 'Dickens of a Christmas' event will not be taking place this year. 

    The iconic Christmas market draws people from across the region to see traders dressed up in traditional Victorian dress. It is a much-loved day amongst families with there being music entertainment, a farmers market, old fashioned fairground fires, and often a Santa's Grotto.

    However, organisers have since stated that it "would not be right" to go ahead with the event and encourage people to visit Olney given the current coronavirus restrictions.

    Olney Town Council said in a statement: "It is with great regret that Olney Town Council has taken the difficult decision to cancel the Dickens of a Christmas event this year.

    "Consideration was given to a downscaled event but after discussion with local traders and market traders, it was clear that it would not be right to stage an event to bring people into Olney from far and wide given the Covid –19 situation.

    "We will reinstate this event as soon as it is safe to do so."

    Instead of the event, leading up to Christmas there will be a Thursday Market every Thursday (including Christmas Eve) to allow residents to buy festive produce. There will also be a December Farmers Market on Sunday 6th December. 

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