ORGANISERS of the popular Party in the Park have reluctantly cancelled this year’s event, which was due to take place on September 19 in Delph.Wake Up Delph, who launched the event 15 years ago, and New Image PR Ltd (NIPR), who have been involved since day one, have taken the decision after consulting with Oldham Council.
Anne Hargreaves, from Wake Up Delph, and Martyn Torr, from NIPR, said: “In view of the ongoing national situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic, we have reluctantly concluded that this year’s event is unlikely to go ahead.
“Oldham Council are looking at the situation on a month-to-month basis, following Government and medical advice.
“We have contractual obligations with a host of suppliers, from the acts to the fun fair, the cleaners to the fireworks. If we leave the decision too late, and we have to meet these contracts, the reserves will be wiped out and the volunteers who make this event happen could be left looking at liabilities.
“The only responsible course of action is to say that this year will not proceed. But will we come back next year bigger and better.”
The organisers added that, if circumstances change, they would be willing to put on a smaller event to give people a day out after the lockdown.
But this is dependent on a number of factors, including the availability of the field should the cricket season resume and continue into late autumn.
Phil Beckwith, one of the founders of the event, has retired from the committee after 15 years to focus on his business Champion Brass.
He said: “Last year was our most successful ever, both financially and as an event – there was a record crowd and good profit for Wake Up Delph.
“It’s nice to go out with a bang but I am sad about it as I loved doing it and have many wonderful memories.
“I am so busy with my own business so it’s time to step back and let others take it forward to another level. There is a strong committee and I am sure they will.
“Over the years we have raised thousands of pounds for Wake Up Delph and put on a great event for Saddleworth.
“I want to thank every single person, past and present, who has been involved and wish everyone involved all the success in the world to take it forward.”