Organisers of the biggest carnival of the year are thanking businesses for supporting them with donations.

Burnham-on-crouch Carnival Committee made the difficult decision to cancel this years Carnival due to the pandemic.

The team said it would be ‘impossible’ for them to abide by social distancing rules with so many people coming to town.

The Carnival, which always take place on the last Saturday in September, is one of the most successful and anticipated carnivals in the South-East.

The Burnham Christmas Fayre was also cancelled but local businesses have rallied around to support the team for next years Carnival.

Wayne Martin said: "With Burnham Christmas fayre meant to be this Saturday the carnival committee would like to say a massive thank you to Claire Payne from Bistro On The Quay for their generous donation of well over £1000 towards next year's carnival from the well-organised Dengie and Maldon Virtual Christmas Market.

"Again a massive thank you to all the other businesses and people that have kindly donated in different ways including Burnham Tescos, The Jolly Fryer, Sgt peppers, Greys Furniture, The Ship Inn, and some really generous donations from members of the public to name a few.

"We just want to say thank you to the local businesses and people who have helped out in these strange times.

"A lot of these businesses are.struggling and they still managed to donated towards the carnival.

"Hopefully next year will be bigger and better than ever before. Merry Christmas and see you all in 2021"

Anyone wishing to join the committee can contact Wayne on Facebook for more details.