THIS year's Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre was sadly cancelled due to the impact of coronavirus.

The Fayre normally attracts an estimated 150,000 visitors to the city over the four-day period and contributes an additional £7.3 million to the Worcester economy.

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

The event requires a high level of support from all emergency services due to the numbers attending.

The Christmas markets in Gloucester, Lincoln and Bath have also been cancelled and Birmingham is still reviewing the status of its market.

Every year attractions include Victorian characters in 'Gin Lane', lofty entertainers on stilts, children carol singing on performance stages around the city centre and buskers on every street corner.

It all starts with the traditional official opening ceremony on the evening of Thursday November 28 at 4.45pm, when officials and Cathedral choristers proceed from the Cathedral to the Cornmarket, where the Mayor officially declares the Fayre to be open.

Carols are sung by the Worcester Cathedral Voluntary Choir accompanied by the Salvation Army, and there is usually a short biblical reading and prayer.

Are you sad to see the Christmas Fayre cancelled? Do you like to go normally?