This year’s Notting Hill Carnival has been cancelled due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic.

About one million people usually attend the annual event in west London, which was due to take place on August 30 and 31.”

Organisers said that the pandemic meant that calling off the weekend celebrations was “the only safe option”, but said that they were working on holding a celebration during the same weekend but in an alternative form.

It is the first time that it will not take place in more than 50 years.

A statement said: “After lengthy consultations with our strategic partners and our Advisory Council, the Board has taken the decision that this year’s Carnival will not take place on the streets of Notting Hill as it has done for over 50 years.

“This will also mean that Panorama, the annual steelband competition, will not take place”.