Carlisle City Council has announced their events programme for this autumn.

Large scale events such as the Fireshow, which attracts more than 35,000 people to one location, will not take place this year but events where covid measures such as social distancing can be put in place will still be hosted within the city.

Cllr Stephen Higgs, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Leisure said: “We need to balance the importance of hosting events and attracting visitors to the city with the safety of the event spectators."

“We take great pride in our events and we cannot allow any event to go ahead which might increase the covid risk to the public."

The council has taken in to account several factors, including the uncertainty around the impact and timing of future waves of the coronavirus pandemic but also the need to host events to support the local economy.

An events programme will still go ahead but with events that have covid-secure measures in place.

Other Councillors have shared their views on why they think that the Fire Show will not be going ahead this year in Carlisle.

Councillor John Paton said: "We don't want to take any chances whilst the pandemic is still happening."

"We hope that we will be able to hold a similar event next year."

"It's the best option and it's for the safety of the public."

Councillor Robert William Betton shared similar views but is also aware of the joy that the Fire Show brings to the town.

Councillor Betton said: "We have to air on the side of caution you can never be to careful with these kinds of things."

"Lots of people aren't wearing masks now due to the restrictions easing."

"With the advice we've been given we think it's the right thing to do because it attracts a lot of people."

"However it is a popular show and nice to see its a shame we're in these difficult times."

"Hopefully we'll see a return next year."

More information on events will be announced soon.