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The traditional February launch of King’s Lynn Festival has been delayed until the spring in the hope the events will be able to go ahead later in the year.

Depending on Covid restrictions, the festival will take place from July 18 to 31. A series of concerts and other arts events are being planned but the programme will not be quite the same.

“We have to take into account the uncertainty of the Covid situation in July which will influence audiences’ appetite for returning to a concert venue,” said festival chairman, Alison Croose. 

“It is a major commitment booking top-flight musicians and we cannot afford to take big risks. Even though the festival programme will not feature as many events this year, one thing is certain – there will be no diminution of the quality with the involvement of many world-famous names,” she said.

What should have been the 70th exhibition last year will be staged this year in the Fermoy Gallery and Red Barn.