Sad news today as the Young Farmers have confirmed this year’s concert has been cancelled.

The concert, one of the highlights of the Gaiety Threatre’s annual calendar, was due to be held last month before being rescheduled to May, but now the decision has been made to cancel the 2021 show.

A statement said: ‘Unfortunately we cannot predict what situation the island will be in regarding the coronavirus in May, and we believe that this is the most responsible decision to keep our members and the general public safe. We had hoped to reschedule once again to a date in June but following feedback from club committees and members, a vote of the council decided this wouldn’t be doable.’

However, out of bad, comes good and the wonderful team behind the show have confirmed they will be back poking and prodding at Manx society on March 24, 25 and 26 next year.

The statement added: ‘We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who work behind the scenes to try and get the show on stage. The Villa Gaiety staff have done all they can to try and accommodate us and our amazing sponsor Conister Bank has been behind us all the way. A huge thank you goes to our own members and helpers who put so much time and effort into their productions before the first and second circuit break lockdowns. It really was shaping up to be a brilliant concert and we can’t wait to see it all come together next year.

‘Thank you also to all our programme advertisers for their continued support of whom we are very grateful for. Finally, thank you to you, our loyal supporters who snapped up the concert tickets so quickly, particularly those who queued from the early hours in the freezing cold. We will miss seeing your faces in the audience.’

Anyone who bought tickets will be refunded via the Villa Gaiety and advertisers are urged to contact iomyoungfarmers@outlook.com.

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