Because of COVID-19, the City Council has cancelled the 2020 Sunderland Airshow and Sunderland River Festival.

This year’s airshow was due to be held on Friday 24 July, Saturday 25 July and Sunday 26 July. It would have been the 32nd airshow.

The second Sunderland River Festival, which was due to be held on the weekend of Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August, has also been cancelled.

Sunderland City Council’s Assistant Director of Culture and Events, Victoria French said: “Following careful consideration, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel some of our biggest and best loved events that were scheduled for the summer months.

“We understand that this news will cause disappointment for lots of people but hope that everyone will appreciate that the health and wellbeing of our communities is at the forefront of our decision-making process. We look forward to welcoming everyone again next year.”