THE annual Barry Scout and Guide fete,has been cancelled this July - for only the third time in its 67-year history.

Event organisers have taken the decision to cancel this year’s fete to safeguard its members and supporters, and to maintain social distancing.

The Romilly Park event was due to take place on Saturday July, 4 this year.

In a statement posted on their Facebook page, they said: “We would like to thank all those who have supported the fete over the years and we look forward to returning next year.

“Our groups are carrying on with their everyday adventures virtually so now is a better time than ever to look up your local scouting or girlguiding groups, if you’re not ready to join yet we have plenty of free activities on our websites to keep your kids busy learning new skills and having fun.”

The first scout fete was held in Romilly Park, Barry, in 1933 when it was called a Kymspaumi.

The fete was resurrected after the Second World War when groups needed funds.

The fete is a major source of income for scouts and guides.

It costs more than 120,000 a year to run the scout and guide groups.

All leaders are volunteers and it would cost the government around £100,000 a year if they were to be paid for the work that they do.

Adults volunteer because they enjoy developing the youth of the town, have fun and learn new skills along the way.

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