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Harrogate Christmas market has been cancelled for a second consecutive year.

Harrogate Borough Council have made the decision based on the risk of “overcrowding and necessary evacuation procedures” as well as the “ongoing risk of covid.”

Last year’s Christmas market was cancelled in August due to the pandemic.

The council released the following statement:

After careful consideration, Harrogate Christmas Market will not be taking place on the Stray at Montpellier Hill this year.

“The event management plan (that we require for any event of this scale) did not fully take into account the risk of overcrowding and necessary evacuation procedures, counter-terrorism measures and ongoing risk of Covid-19.

“Feedback from North Yorkshire Police, Public Health and North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service has been taken into consideration to reach this decision.

“As we have responsibility for the Stray, we need to be confident thatg an event wll be managed effectivdlt and not put an additional strain on the emergency services.

“Unfortunately, the success of the market has outgrown what can be safely delivered in this location.

“This was not an easy decision to make, but the health and safety of Harrogate district residents, traders and visitors must always come first.

“We’d like to thank the team at Harrogate Christmas Market for their efforts over the years and wish them all the best for future events.”

Organisers say the event, which features up to 200 stallholders, attracts around 80,000 visitors to the town.

Harrogate Borough Council’s statement added:

“We understand that residents and businesses welcome and rely on a Christmas market in Harrogate town centre, and we do too.

“That’s why we’re working hard to ensure alternative Christmas festivities take place.”

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