Three of the biggest annual firework displays have been cancelled in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Organisers of three separate Firework displays have announced they have been forced to shelve their events in light of the current rise in coronavirus cases.

The Hatch Warren Community Centre said: “Sadly, the Community Association has announced the cancellation of this year's fireworks display.

“They delayed the decision for as long as possible but the worsening of the pandemic has made it impossible to go ahead safely.

“Many families will be disappointed: we will just have to look forward to next year's event.”

Oakley and Deane's annual fireworks night has also been called off. 

Newbury Racecourse have also cancelled their fireworks display planned for October 31.

The popular annual event fixture has previously raised thousands of pounds for charity each year.

A statement on the Newbury Lions Club website says: "As the progress of Covid-19 is uncertain and restrictions on social gatherings may well be in place for many months, we could not justify the expenditure on an event that may not be allowed. Due to the cancellation of our fundraising events, we will have limited funds to help those in need at this difficult time."

Lions Club Newbury president Judith Colby said: "This is the first time in over 40 years that Newbury Lions Club will not be organising a fireworks display at the Racecourse.

"We made the decision reluctantly after considering what restrictions may still be in place at the end of October, whether people would be willing to turn out and also whether they would have the money to do so. The fireworks cost a lot of money to stage and we felt that the money would be better spent helping those in need as we come out of the lockdown and other support is phased out. 

"We are definitely planning an event for next year. The fireworks will return!"

Rushmoor Fireworks Spectacular, which attracts crowds of more than 10,000 people, is another major event to fall victim to Covid-19.

Thousands of excited residents flock to Manor Park each year to watch the dazzling fireworks display that is organised by Rushmoor Borough Council, with free admission being offered in recent years.

Councillor Marina Munro said: "While I'm sure that the news of cancellation won't come as a shock to anyone, we are still incredibly disappointed that the fireworks spectacular is unable to take place this year as we know it is a much anticipated event for local residents and visitors.

“With the event attracting over 10,000 people we cannot ignore the safety risks it currently presents, and public safety has to be the priority.”