This year’s Cowley Road Carnival has been cancelled by organisers so the community can focus on events to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics.

John Hole, chair of Trustees for the charity Cowley Road Works which runs the carnival, said, “To make the Carnival the best it can be, we can use the 18 month lead time to attract help and participation from all parts of the community and to secure crucial funding and sponsorship”.

Third year Cowley resident Charlotte McCann said, “The carnival was fantastic last year. As a student, it’s easy to feel separate from the community, so it’s a shame it won’t be happening this year.  I can understand the decision though as I’ve heard of lots of other events planned for the summer.”

The event has run since 2001. It was attended by 20,000 people last year.