Borough events cancelled during mourning period for the Queen

Many more local events are being postponed in the run-up to Queen’s funeral following several cancellations last weekend

The ‘A Month of Sundays’ street festival in Palmers Green was among the events cancelled last week (credit Enfield Council)

Further events around Enfield are being postponed or cancelled as a period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II continues.

Numerous events were cancelled last weekend out of respect for the late monarch, with more now set to be cancelled over the next five days as the official mourning period continues.

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral is due to take place on Monday, 19th September – which is now a designated bank holiday. Many businesses will be closing on the day in addition to all schools and colleges, libraries, leisure centres and the council’s waste and recycling centres, although public transport will still operate to help people travel into central London if they wish to watch the funeral procession.

The official mourning period for the Queen lasts twelve days, ending the day after the funeral. There is no requirement for public events to be cancelled during this period, although many have been.

Enfield Council has confirmed that it has cancelled nine of its own events, including a major street festival and a public consultation that were due to take place last weekend. Some events that had been scheduled as part of Open House Festival this weekend are being rearranged for a later date, including two tours of the Meridian Water redevelopment zone.

A new date for the exhibition of the council’s Enfield Town revamp plans has yet to be confirmed but will be posted on the council’s consultation website, available here.

By far the biggest borough event to be cancelled during the mourning period so far has been the A Month of Sundays street festival that was due to take place last weekend and would have featured many local artists and performers.

A statement on the council said: “We are currently looking at the possibility of rescheduling the event later in the year. If this is not possible we will also explore ways of showcasing the participating artists’ work in a different way.”

Events that had been planned for this coming weekend that will not be going ahead include a second-hand bike market in Trent Park which has now been rescheduled for Saturday, 8th October, and a talk about the history of Edmonton’s cinemas which will be rescheduled on a date to be confirmed.

A live outdoor music event, Lazy Sunday Afternoons, had been due to take place last weekend in Hilly Fields in Clay Hill but was cancelled by the council against the wishes of the organisers, Friends of Hilly Fields.

A statement on the voluntary group’s website said: “The Friends of Hilly Fields are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty. She meant so much to so many people across the world, and our thoughts are with her family. We had hoped to have a suitable tribute on Sunday to celebrate her service to the country.”

Park Live: Britpop Boys, a live music event organised by the Friends of Broomfield Park as part of the Broomfield Summer Festival, is also not now going ahead. It had been due to take place this Saturday.

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