THE tenth annual Ormskirk MotorFest has been cancelled, despite the organisers taking extra safety steps in a bid to keep it going ahead.
West Lancs Borough Council chiefs announced that they were working on plans with organisers Aintree Circuit Club for cars and motorcycles to tour around Burscough and Skelmersdale as well as Ormskirk in order to hold the event on Sunday, August 30.
However, now they have revealed that they are ‘sorry to announce that this year's event has been cancelled to help keep us all safe.’
One of the main reasons is recent rises in coronavirus cases in other parts of Lancashire and the north.
A statement read: “After further discussions with the police, and with cases increasing in other parts of Lancashire and extra restrictions being brought in those places as well as Greater Manchester and parts of Yorkshire, we have agreed with the club these plans cannot continue.”
Councillor David Evans, whose Cabinet responsibilities include MotorFest, said: “We know how many of you really like the Ormskirk MotorFest and we have tried to come up with a plan to have an event this year. Unfortunately we don't feel that can go ahead now but we hope the event will return bigger and better than ever in the future.”
Mike Ashcroft, Aintree Circuit Club chairman, said: “It is a real shame that we have had to cancel this year's Ormskirk MotorFest as this would have been the 10th anniversary of the event. We will work with the Council on planning to return when we can run the event safely.”