A POPULAR carnival in Romsey has been cancelled amid fears over coronavirus, it has been revealed.

The Romsey Carnival committee announced yesterday they were forced to cancel all of their summer and autumn carnival events in a bid to stop the deadly virus from spreading.

Now the committee has revealed they are hoping to bring the carnival spirit to Romsey in November after cancelling the Summer Carnival procession set to happen on August 30.

A spokesperson from Romsey Carnival said: "The committee have, in view of the latest policy on holding events, decided to cancel all the summer and autumn carnival events.

"It is hoped that the next series of carnival events will be held, subject to the policy in place at the time, in November."

Romsey town centre manager, Mark Edgerley, said: "This was a very hard decision for our friends Romsey Carnival, but an understandable decision given the prevailing conditions."

He added the carnival was "the last of Romsey’s major summer events" to be called off, adding there is "so much to look forward to in 2021".

As previously reported in the Romsey Advertiser, July 2019 saw hundreds of residents come out in force to celebrate the Romsey Carnival.

The carnival saw a procession of floats dominate the town, with some standout acts being a gymnastics display and the Ringwood Pipe Band.