Guitars On The Beach called off due to COVID restrictions

GUITARS On The Beach has been called off for the second year running due to the difficulties of staging the event in line with COVID restrictions. 

The one-day music festival – which has seen thousands of guitarists gather on Lyme Regis beach to play simultaneously in previous years – was set to take place on Saturday, June 19, just two days before the government’s target date to lift all restrictions on social interaction.

But organisers have now called off the event and said they will instead be putting all their efforts into staging it next year. They had hoped to stage the event on the flat roof area above Marine Parade, instead of on the beach, so those attending could logged via Track and Trace, but the town council did not support this proposal.

Last year’s Guitars On The Beach – initially billed as the “last ever” – was also called off due to the pandemic.

Announcing this year’s cancellation on social media, organisers said: “It is with the deepest regret that we are writing this post to inform you that Guitars on the Beach 2021 will not be taking place.

“We have tried our hardest to accommodate all the extra precautions that COVID has thrown at us but unfortunately Lyme Regis Town Council have made it very difficult for us to proceed with the event.

“With the time left we have been unable to find a different suitable venue, therefore we will be putting our effort and time into next years event, venue and date to be confirmed later in the year.

“Please keep your comments clean and respectful, we are deeply saddened already and don’t require any further upset or anger. We understand many will be disappointed and we are sorry this is not the news you wanted to hear.”

Responding to the statement, Cllr Cheryl Reynolds, vice-chairman of the town council’s Tourism, Community and Publicity Committee, said: “The council has always been involved in the management of events which take place on council-owned land to help ensure they run smoothly and successfully.

“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and the need to balance the interests of residents, local businesses, visitors and event organisers, the council is applying greater scrutiny to major events this year.

“Several other events have already been cancelled this year due to the difficulties in managing large-scale crowds while restrictions remain in place and it is a shame Guitars On The Beach felt they were unable to go ahead.

“The organisers were proposing to hold the event on the flat roof area above the seafront, calling it ‘Guitars on the Roof’, which we expressed some concerns about and felt we couldn’t support.

“We suggested the event could be held a week later, when it was anticipated COVID restrictions would be lifted, but the organisers rejected this.

“We acknowledge the effort the organisers have put in to make the event happen and hope they will be able to return in 2022.”

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