A POPULAR annual event in Minehead has been cancelled.

The Minehead 1940s weekend has been postponed after the Government guidelines changed this week.

Organised by Robin Wichard from Living History Mobile Musuem, the event was supposed to be held this weekend, from September 11 until 13.

“We remain convinced that the health and well-being of participant and public alike must be our greatest priority,” said Mr Wichard.

“We appreciate that any decision will have consequences for people already committed to attending but we hope that people will understand our reasoning and be assured that we will host the event when the situation improves.”

Displays were planned on the station platform in Minehead as well as entertainment and activities throughout the town.

The organisers knew that staying safe was important but they did not make the decision lightly.

Andrew Harry, from Black Rock Health and Safety, added: “The event organisers, performers and venues hosting events had all put a lot of work into risk assessments and effective COVID secure plans, so it is disappointing to have to make this decision.

“However, with infection rates rising and the change in government guidance reflecting this, we needed to err on the side of caution and prioritise the health, wellbeing and safety of residents and visitors and their friends and families.”

The West Somerset Railway will be contacting those who have booked tickets for access to the station over the next 24 hours to arrange a refund.