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Corona Virus and what it means for the Ferry fair 26/04/20

Updated: May 25

In this challenging time we are facing, the Ferry Fair Committee wanted to let you know what we've been doing. At the moment we are planning for 2 scenarios:

1. We are allowed to hold the Fair on 15th August

2. The advice is still that large gatherings should not take place.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-guidance-for-mass-gatherings


Through generous fundraising and donations the Fair has been able to put on a fun filled week year on year. But as we live through this unprecedented time we hope you understand that this year’s Ferry Fair will be very different.  

We wholeheartedly appreciate and support that previous sponsors and donors are diverting their support to the community and our NHS during the Covid-19 crisis. We are, therefore, working with a much reduced budget, and also looking to next year to ensure we can put on a Fair in 2021.   


So if, and it’s a big IF, we are able to hold the Fair in August this will need to be different to previous years. For now we are only planning Ferry Fair Day (Saturday 15th August), where there will still be the children's parade and the Crowning ceremony.  

We will not have the usual array of bands and entertainment as part of the parade. We would love to put on entertainment in the afternoon, although it is unlikely to be a live band - we'll try to get creative and still be able to have a fun filled day.  


If we are not able to have the Ferry Fair Saturday in August on the High Street we have been talking about options, we don’t really have an answer as we really don’t know what the coming months will bring. But, we will do everything we can to make this special for the children that make the Fair what it is. 


The programme is a lovely memento each year and this year will be no exception. At this time we have taken the decision not to have any adverts in the programme, as we appreciate funds are tight for local businesses and we do not want to add to this financial pressure.  We will, however, include an acknowledgement to all advertisers and sponsors from 2019 to recognise their support. The Committee hope you understand our decision to support local businesses this way. 


Finally, we know the Burryman is still planning his Friday tour (obviously respecting social distancing) so a massive cheer to the Burryman and his team. 


This is a fluid situation so as things evolve we will continue to post on Facebook and update the website. 


We thank you all for your continued support and hope we are still able to give Queensferry a fun Ferry Fair. 


Please continue to stay safe.

The Ferry Fair Festival Committee







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