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    Posted: 27 May 2020 at 11:11am

Here is an announcement from the Thames Traditional Boat Festival Committee, this event has now been postponed until 2021:

From the outset of these very difficult and fast-evolving times, the Committee of the Thames Traditional Boat Festival took the decision to evaluate carefully and sensitively all possible options that might allow the Festival to be held in some form this year, and not to cancel until we really believed there was no alternative action available to us.

While the cancellation of the Henley Royal Regatta provided new and expensive challenges, with stored bulky Regatta infrastructure and heavy equipment blocking crucial sections of the Upper Meadows site, it is the extended timetable that we are now seeing applied to the easing of restrictions that ultimately stands in the way of us being able to hold the Festival this year.

While we now truly have no option in this matter, we nonetheless write to you with very heavy hearts.  The Thames Traditional Boat Festival is a hugely popular feature in the summer calendar, drawing visitors from around the globe while supporting so many local businesses.  The small Committee works hard from the close of each Trad to make the following years event as perfect as possible, and we were very excited about the event we were offering this year.  We considered arranging a casual one day get together on the site later in the year but even this now looks beset by on-going restrictions.

We are of course committed to refunding promptly any monies paid to the TTBF for this year. Some have already generously pledged their advance payments as donations towards the staging of the 2021 Trad in anticipation of cancellation this year, so do please let us know if you wish to do likewise. 

The TTBF remains a 'not for profit' event run largely by volunteers, including the Committee, which is committed to welcoming everyone back to Fawley Meadows next year. Please put the dates in your diary - Friday 16th to Sunday 18th July 2021.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

With very best wishes

Lyndon

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