ORGANISERS of Worcester's Victorian Christmas Fayre have offered reassurances the event will go ahead this week after Covid concerns were raised.

The Fayre, which normally attracts an estimated 150,000 visitors to the city over the four days, and contributes an additional £7.3 million to the Worcester economy, is taking place between Thursday and Sunday, December 2-5.

Attractions running throughout the Fayre include street entertainers, carol singers, buskers and the carousel in Cornmarket.

200 market stalls were present at the 2019 Fayre, attracting 185 coachloads of people to Worcester.

But some readers questioned if it should be going ahead, especially given the fears over the new Omicron variant of Covid.

Reader Charles Smith said: "Are the council going to take full responsibility for all persons who contract Covid due to this event?

"It is of course the council's duty to protect the taxpayers who pay their wages, not to try and make money."

Another added: "Wonder if Worcester Christmas Victorian Fayre will be cancelled. All those coaches travelling from all over the country."

We asked Worcester City Council if there had been talks on whether it should be cancelled.

In a statement, the organisers said: “This year’s Victorian Fayre has been organised with the public’s safety as the number one priority, and we will accommodate any changes to the Covid rules.

"We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of residents and visitors to Worcester’s biggest festive event.”

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Last year organisers took the decision to cancel the 2020 event in September prior to the country going into a second lockdown that November.

At the time the organisers said: "The decision to cancel this popular event has not been taken lightly.

"With the Covid-19 pandemic still at large, the risks incurred in allowing this winter event to go ahead were simply too high."

The Victorian Fayre began back in 1992 by traders from picturesque New Street and Friar Street.

Now in its 28th year, the Fayre may have grown a lot but it has stayed true to its traditional roots with plenty of Victorian themed characters, festive treats and a wonderful atmosphere.