Planning for Alderney Week whether inside bubble or out

ALDERNEY WEEK will be going ahead in August, even if it is just the Bailiwick bubble in place.

Alderney Week's daft raft race. ( Picture supplied by Alderney Week organisers)
Alderney Week's daft raft race. ( Picture supplied by Alderney Week organisers)

It is hoped that free travel from outside the Bailiwick might resume on 1 July, but this is dependent on Covid-19 case numbers in other jurisdictions, vaccination rates and whether new variants emerge.

Alderney Week team leader Ronnie Cairnduff said the team would be working closely with the authorities to comply with all current restrictions and regulations.

‘Regrettably, at this stage, this means only residents within the Bailiwick bubble will be able to join us and we very much look forward to welcoming them to this 73rd Alderney Week,’ he said.

‘It’s a great way for our visitors to discover and enjoy Alderney as a happy and fun-filled island. We hope travel and quarantine restrictions may be lifted in time for the festival to be joined by people from further afield.’

It is due to take place between 2 and 7 August, with the theme Alderney Adventures – The Show Must Go On.

‘Emphasis is on fun, adventure and joie de vivre – everything we have been looking for since the lockdown,’ said Mr Cairnduff.

‘And this year’s theme will provide plenty of scope for floats and costumes. As we all know life on Alderney is full of adventures – past, present and future.’

Over the next month the Alderney Week team will be working on the programme of events, which will kick off on Monday 2 August with Cavalcade Day.

In addition to many of the traditional popular favourites – such as the daft raft race, strongman and strongwoman contests, a mini gala night, the harbour festival and the ultimate torchlight procession and amazing fireworks – the programme is expected to feature several new events and local and visiting musicians and bands will be providing live music.

Anyone with ideas for events should email info@alderneyweek.net.

Alderney Week will again be preceded by the popular fundraising Rock-The-Rock music festival on Saturday 31 July, organised by the Alderney Rock Trust.

It is hoped that a Victoria Street market can be organised for Sunday 1 August.

The Alderney Week Team will be working closely with the island’s main event organisers – The Alderney Wildlife Trust, VisitAlderney, The Alderney Bird Observatory, the football club, the rugby club, the RNLI, the sailing club, the Alderney Railway Society, the Alderney Theatre Group, the Alderney Rotary Club and other individual organisers, inviting them to host or help organise events.

More details of the programme of events will be announced regularly and updates will be published at www.alderneyweek.net and on the event’s Facebook page.

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