This weekend’s Tram Sunday in Fleetwood has sadly been cancelled.
A Spokesperson for the eagerly anticipated event shared this announcement
‘It’s with deep sadness that after consultation with key stakeholders, including our insurers and their legal department, we’ve had to take the decision to cancel Fleetwood Festival of Transport and the SpareParts Festival for 2023.
We’ve been monitoring the weather hourly but unfortunately as at 14:00 today 14th July the MET Office weather forecast for Sunday 16th July is westerly winds of up to 35mph.
To safely continue with the festival in these conditions is unfeasible for many reasons, particularly because of the number of gazebos and temporary structures on site.
We always have and always will put visitor and participant safety first. It’s of the upmost importance and the reason why we have taken the decision to cancel the festival.
To say we are disappointed is an understatement. Our volunteers have worked for months planning this event. They are passionate about our community and the festival and bringing people to Fleetwood to experience our lovely town and boost the local economy.
We’d like to say a big thank you to all the performers, vendors and community groups who were due to take part in the parade and the festival. We know how hard you’ve worked on planning for this weekend too. We appreciate your understanding and hope you’ll join us next year. We’ll contact you as soon as possible to explain what will happen with your bookings.
Unfortunately due to the logistics of road closure planning and participants having bookings throughout the rest of the year, we are unable to postpone the festival to a later date in 2023. We hope you understand and support our decision and will return to the festival with us in 2024.’
Terry Rogers, Chairman of Directors/Operations Manager added, ;We’ve been working tirelessly for the past 10 months to make sure this event went ahead. We are totally devastated we have had to take this decision. On behalf of everyone at Fleetwood Festival Of Transport (Tram Sunday) we applaud the efforts of everyone who has helped us and booked to be part of the festival but our upmost priority is the safety and wellbeing of those who attend the event. We’re very aware of how many people this affects and we appreciate your understanding. Rest assured, the festival will be back in 2024.’
The organisers add that this information should be shared with as many people as possible to avoid unnecessary travelling and disappointment.