A BELOVED carnival in Redditch - which has previously seen thousands attend - has been cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The historic Redditch Carnival was held for the first time in 19 years in 2019 and featured a parade, live music and dance acts.

According to the website for the event, this year's carnival was due to held on Saturday, September 19.

Amanda Haden, chair of the Redditch Carnival Committee said: "It is with great regret that we have decided to cancel this year's festival.

"We are currently unable to proceed with arrangements during this climate of uncertainty.

"We do hope we can count on your support during this trying time. We will be back bigger and better in 2021."

After 19 years, organisers were able to bring the carnival back to the town in the form of a procession from Edward Street Car Park and up Unicorn Hill to the Band Stand.

Last year's event saw the Xtreme Mas Caribbean Carnival Dancers from Leicester, the Oya Batucada Samba Band, and several other groups parade through the town.

On Church Green there was live music and dance acts from a number of groups, as well as a bouncy castle, food stalls, and games and activities.

Wilson’s Fun Fair, which has supported the carnival since the very beginning, was also at the event.

Redditch residents took to social media to react to the news. One Facebook user said: "That is so sad but completely understandable.

"Too much uncertainty around to be able to forge forward with any plans for now.

"Next year will be a true celebration of life and freedom so will be even more meaningful. It will be brilliant."