Round Table Carshalton Fireworks 63rd display has been cancelled due to the pandemic.

The popular display which has happened every year in Carshalton Park since 1957, has left hundreds of residents devastated.

Residents took to social media to say they understand the "tough decision" but are still "absolutely gutted".

Organiser Luke Fowkes-Smith made the decision due to social distancing concerns.

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Luke and the team

He said: "We have needed to prioritise the health and safety of the community and volunteers who usually attend this fantastic event.

"We understand that for many of you this news is hugely disappointing, though for some of you it may be a relief to have certainty about what is happening in your community on November 7.

He added: "During these challenging months the world has reeled from the impacts of Covid-19.

"We have discussed various ways in which we may have been able to bring you fireworks, however, none of these could guarantee there would be no increased risk of spread of infection."

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The event which is a 'date on the calendar' for many, usually raises over £20,000 for charities each year.

Luke commented: "This news will also be devastating for the many local charities and good causes that we donate to each year, which is why we will be asking for support from the community.

"So, while Round Table Carshalton Fireworks as we know and love, cannot take place, we will ask you to join us in our 'Not the Carshalton Fireworks' charity appeal.

"This will not only help our charities with desperately needed fundraising but also demonstrate that the spirit of our community burns as bright as ever.

"If you can make just the smallest donation it will go such a long way."

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