LYMINGTON Carnival has become one of the latest casualties of the fight against coronavirus.

Organised by the Lions Club of Lymington and Brockenhurst, the fun-filled event was due to have taken place in the town centre on July 19.

In a statement the club said: "It is with great sadness that I have to announce that the carnival for this year has been cancelled.

"We have thought long and hard about it but feel it would be unwise and probably not safe to continue.

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"We want to send out our best wishes to everyone and hope that you are all well and that you will stay that way until this pandemic has been brought under control.

"We will be back next year and hope that you will continue to support this community event.

A beer festival at Pennington and a family fun day near Hythe have both been cancelled as a result of social distancing rules.

The three-day beer festival was due to be held at Pennington Sports and Social Club in July.

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A club spokesman said: "Unfortunately in recent days it’s become apparent that this year's beer festival is going to be impossible to hold.

"We obviously wanted to give ourselves as long as possible before making this decision, but now it’s just not a possibility."

The Waterside Fun Day, due to have been held at Noadswood School, Dibden Purlieu, on July 4, has also been cancelled.

One of the organisers said: "Following the government's recent statements, we have sadly had to make the decision to cancel this year's Waterside Fun Day.

"We're as disappointed as you are that the event can't go ahead but we're planning to be back bigger and better than ever in July 2021."