A POPULAR Christmas market has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus crisis.

Wells Christmas Market 2020 will not take place to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Mendip District Council (MDC) decided to cancel the market that brought more than 130 stalls to Wells last year.

Leader of MDC, Cllr Ros Wyke, said: “We have with much regret decided to cancel the Christmas market this year due to the tightening of restrictions by Government, and the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the county.

“We know this will be deeply disappointing to stall holders and the public, who so look forward to this special market event.

"However, public safety must come first.

“We will of course continue to support all our Mendip stallholders with their regular weekday offer, and in other innovative ways too, such as hosting traders online through a virtual marketplace on the council’s website.”

To find out more visit mendip.gov.uk/markets.