THE organisers of the popular Springfest food and drink festival at Loch Lomond Shores have announced the postponement of the 2020 event.

The festival’s organisers were expecting to welcome thousands of visitors to the bonnie banks on April 4 and 5 – but on Wednesday morning, Springfest joined the ranks of the community events to have fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic.

The news came as little surprise following last week’s announcement by the Scottish Government recommending all gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled.

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The organisers say they hope to reschedule for July in the hope that the crisis will have eased by then.

A new date for the event will be announced in the coming weeks.

Audrey Calder from Loch Lomond Shores said: “It’s a real pity to have to postpone Springfest given the success of our two major food and drink festivals last year but we’re determined that they will both be back this year, just later than scheduled, and will give everyone a much needed great day out!

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“In the meantime, Loch Lomond Shores is very much open for business while we follow all recommended Government guidelines and closely watch the developing situation to ensure our visitors enjoy a safe visit to Loch Lomond Shores.

“In addition, our outdoor space – beach, woodland and large loch-side pedestrian areas – all offer a great opportunity to get fresh air with your family during this difficult time.”

Anyone who has booked tickets for a whisky tasting session with Loch Lomond Whiskies during the Springfest weekend will be issued with a full refund and sent an email notification.

They will also be notified of the new dates as soon as they are confirmed.

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