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Virus fears hit festival plans

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AN event due to take place in the region next month has been called off amid concerns about the spread of Covid-19.

The organisers of the Big Bang Dark Skies Festival, which was scheduled for Wigtown from April 3-5, yesterday announced the decision.

And they said it was in order to avoid increasing the risk to audiences, many of whom might be from vulnerable groups, and also to speakers, staff and volunteers.

The situation will be kept under review before deciding whether to skip 2020 altogether or reschedule for later in the year.

Adrian Turpin, the company’s artistic director, said: “With the number of Covid-19 cases increasing, and uncertainty over how matters will develop, we agreed that a precautionary approach was best for this particular event.

“Tickets have only recently gone on sale, so by acting immediately we also hope to minimise disappointment.”

Big Bang has taken place in Wigtown for the past three years and is designed to promote interest and enthusiasm for science.

No other Wigtown Festival Company events are currently affected.

  • Full coronavirus update in this week’s papers
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