ONE of Andover’s most popular community events has been postponed until September, organisers have confirmed.

A-Fest, the festival which showcases the activities and opportunities available to young people in Andover, had been due to take place in less than six weeks’ time.

But with the government urging people to stay at home where possible and practice social distancing, that time frame will no longer be possible.

"We are taking the situation seriously,” said co-organiser Katherine Bird.

“With schools closed, postponing our event is socially responsible.”

The event, which had been scheduled to take place on May 3, is now set to take place some four months later and has now been postponed until September 6.

"We are determined to highlight the amazing range of options available for young people in Andover, and alongside that it is key to consider everyone's safety,” Katherine added.

In 2019 the festival was visited by over 3,000 people. Many Andover organisations, SMEs and groups have already booked stalls for A-Fest 2020.

Organisers are currently in the process of contacting businesses and groups who have booked to let them know of the change and invite them to be a part of this celebration of youth in September.

A-Fest is Andover's Youth Festival with organisations, stalls and attractions catering to young people aged between 5 and 18, their families, parents and carers.

The event, which would have run from 11:00 to 15:00 on Andover High Street, enables any organisation with something to offer to five to 18-year-olds in the town to set up a stall free of charge.