Buxton Military Tattoo cancelled for second year because of pandemic
For the second year running the coronavirus pandemic has forced organisers of the Buxton Military Tattoo to cancel the early July event in the Devonshire Dome.
Although the government’s roadmap out of lockdown hopes to have removed all social restrictions by June 21, the organiser behind the Buxton Military Tattoo has made the ‘very disappointing decision’ to cancel the July 3 event once more.
Chris Thornton who runs the event said: “I hate we have had to cancel again but I understand it is the right thing to do.
"Our target audience is the older members of the community who are vulnerable to covid so much more than other people because of their age.
"For the past year people have suffered anxiety and heartache over missing family grow up or just seeing friends and I know a lot of people don’t want to throw away all the sacrifices they have made so quickly after restrictions ease.”
The Buxton Military Tattoo has delighted audiences since 2010 with performances from across the three armed forces and even a special appearance from the marines band in 2016.
Although the event has not been able to find a suitable date later in the year for the performance to be rescheduled, Chris says there is still good news.
He said: "We are a fundraiser for the Royal British Legion and over the ten years we have made more than £90,000 for the charity.
"We didn’t want to do it later in the year and dilute from the Poppy Appeal and the weather in Buxton later in the year is unpredictable so we felt this was best all round.
“However, all applications for the 2022 tattoo are in and have been acknowledged which is great.
"Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion so we are hopeful with the way the vaccines are going we will be in a safer place to welcome people back next year for a really big celebration for the centenary.”
Tickets which were bought for the 2020 show may still be held over and will be honoured for Buxton Military Tattoo 2022.