Lockdown is over, no more social distancing and crowd gathering restrictions – and that means:
Alderney Week 2020 is going ahead!
The decision was taken today (23 June) by Alderney Week organiser Ronnie Cairnduff and his Alderney Week Team Lee Flewitt, Ilona Soane-Sands, Nigel Vooght, Donald Hughes and Sam Gaudion to stage Alderney Week for the good folk of Alderney, Guernsey, Sark and Herm – and this will be a true Bailiwick Festival! “We look forward to welcoming our other fellow Channel Islanders along with anybody outside the Bailiwick who is able to come to Alderney whilst adhering to the current travel and quarantine restrictions” said Ronnie Cairnduff.
Although it has been nearly six year since Ronnie retired from organising ALDERNEY WEEK, he feels very strongly that the show must go on and said “a great event and tradition such as Alderney Week simply must not be allowed to disappear.
This year’s theme is THE TWENTIES”. “ Sadly, many of the performers – not least Alderney Week’s great friends the Alderney Blowers and Circus Pazaz – are unable to come this year and are hugely disappointed as are so many other AW friends from Jersey, the UK and the Continent who flock to Alderney for the Channel Islands’ biggest annual event”, said Ronnie. “And with only weeks to go, we can’t offer you the usual bumper programme of events, but our Mini Alderney Week will be great”. The programme will include most of the old favourites along with some new ideas and all events will be free.
Alderney Week 2020 will start on Cavalcade Day – Monday 3rd August and everybody is encouraged to take part in the Cavalcade Parade. “Decorate your bikes, prams, motorbikes and your cars and, if you can, build a float!
THE TWENTIES theme lends itself to all sorts of great ideas – from the Roaring 1920’s to the space age 2020’s and all things before, beyond and in-between – there’s plenty of scope! Let’s make this a happy and colourful event for everybody and we’ll make sure there’s plenty of entertainment for you once you reach the Butes.” Sadly, this is the first year (other than back in 1956) that we do not have a Miss Alderney as the Miss Alderney 2020 disco and election had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. Instead, the Alderney Week Team is inviting all former Miss Alderneys who are on the Island during Alderney Week to join the big parade and add a touch of glamour to the event. (a very special transport will be organised for the lovely ladies)
The fun-for-all week will close on Saturday 8th August with the traditional Torchlight Procession, Bonfire and Fireworks Finale and musical entertainment. So be assured folks, despite all the challenges facing the island, Alderney Week will be doing its bit to bring family fun into your summer of 2020.
URGENT APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS
The Alderney Week Team is appealing for as many volunteers as possible to pull it off, help to run an event or serve behind the bar. The list of planned events will be posted on our Facebook page and website.
“The only way we can pull it off is by breaking each event down to a module to be run by individuals or groups with all equipment supplied by the AW team”, explained Ronnie. “So, if you’ve run an event previously or would like to run one this year, please contact Ronnie or Ilona either by email or mobile. Needless to say, all volunteers who can help us throughout the week will be welcome with open arms”.
If you can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text Ronnie 07781 441 907 or
Ilona 07781 101 957. Keep checking our website www.alderneyweek.com for updates.