Just a week before the start of Alderney’s biggest annual festival a heart-breaking decision had to be made in view of the Island’s unexpected surge of COVID-19 infections and isolations.
With the current situation, Alderney Week team leader Ronnie Cairnduff and his team had to make the difficult and painful decision to cancel Alderney Week.
The Miss Alderney Disco and the Little Miss and Master Children’s party which was to take place this Saturday 24 July, has been cancelled as well.
This decision was not taken lightly and followed several discussions with the Health Authorities and meetings with members of the CCA.
The current ‘isolation’ situation is causing and may continue to cause shortages of our many helpers and volunteers that are crucial to the Week. It was also a factor that a number of event organisers and volunteers took the decision to pull ut of the programme.
“We were aware of mounting public concern about the possible risk of further infections or isolations leading up to and possibly occurring during Alderney Week” said Ronnie.
“With large numbers attending Cavalcade Day and other major events, it would be impossible to implement some of the measures now recommended to ensure social distancing and tracking. And there is no doubt, should any new cases be detected during Alderney Week, we, the organisers, would be made to feel in some way responsible.
We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to our many sponsors, event organisers and individuals who have supported Alderney Week this year and we hope they understand our difficult decision.”
(Some of the events planned by different event organisers will still go ahead. These events will be publicised with posters at the Visit Alderney Centre and across the island.)
The Alderney Week programme is now on sale across different outlets on the island and the Alderney Week team is asking all AW friends and supporters to buy a copy to help ensure that Alderney Week returns in 2022.