This year’s White Cliffs Walking Festival has been cancelled because of coronavirus. The White Cliffs Ramblers, who have organised the festival since 2013, took the decision to cancel the event, which had been set for August 27-September 1, because it was felt social distancing measures would not be eased in time to allow it to take place.

Group chairman Margaret Lubbock said: “It is with much regret, and a heavy heart, that the White Cliffs Ramblers have to cancel this year’s White Cliffs Walking Festival at the end of August. “We would all like to get together for an enjoyable time walking in our fabulous White Cliffs area, but to put on a festival is just not possible or viable in today’s climate of social distancing.” Mrs Lubbock added: “The festival committee have already put in a great deal of hard work in planning old and new walks for you to enjoy. We intend as far as possible to replicate this for our 2021 festival (when we do hope social distancing will be a thing of the past).

“So, we will meet again on the White Cliffs of Dover.”