THE Isle of Wight Council has said the Island's Safety Advisory Group (SAG) is "unable to support" the Great Wonderfest due to current government guidelines.

Yesterday (Friday), Great Wonderfest organisers announced the family-festival would return to Duxmore Farm on the August Bank Holiday weekend.

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An Isle of Wight Council spokesperson said: “The authority has been working with all event organisers following the Covid-19 restrictions.

"The organisers of the Great Wonderfest recently submitted new proposals for their event in August.

"In response, the council advised that SAG would consider these plans prior to any formal licence being applied for.

“SAG is unable to support the event due to the potential impact on key services, current government guidelines in relation to mass gatherings, and the restriction on live entertainment being performed in front of live audiences.

"Should the guidance and restrictions change then this decision can be revisited."

SAG includes representatives from the Isle of Wight Council, NHS Trust, police, fire and other key services.