ONE of Oxford's biggest annual extravaganza's is the latest event to be cancelled in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

South Park had been set to host the 53rd annual charity fireworks display and bonfire on Saturday November 7.

However, organisers announced this weekend they had decided to shelve the event - which regularly attracts some 20,000 people - in the light of the current rise in coronavirus cases.

Organisers Oxford Round Table said it was with 'great regret' that the display would not go ahead for the first time in its history.

READ AGAIN: Last year's event saw thousands turn out for the festivities.

Chairman Stuart Langston said “Whilst we understand that this is one of the biggest events in Oxfords calendar, we felt that, under the current circumstances, it would be prudent to cancel for this year.

"We are hugely disappointed but will continue to move forward with making sure next year’s display is bigger and better than ever.”

The Round Table went on to say in a statement that the cancellation would mean a loss in funds raised for local charities.

The group said it had raised more than £1m worth of donations over the past 50 years.

Organisers said that in light of the cancellation people can still support the good causes and groups in and around Oxfordshire.

Local charities which have benefitted from the display in the past have included Helen and Douglas House and Sobell House.

The Round Table said in a statement: "We are very grateful for any support that you can provide and we very much hope that we will see you in 2021 when we resume our Annual Charity Display.

"The date will be Saturday November 6 2021. Save the date."

Last year's event saw thousands brave the wet and windy weather to see the display as well as live music and stalls.