The New Year's Eve Fireworks display in St Ives has had to be postponed due to the rapid rise in Covid cases.

The decision to postpone the event follows discussions with Cornwall Council as well as input from Public Health.

St Ives Business Improvement District (BID), which sponsors the display, is hoping to be able to run the event in 2022, potentially to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee.

St Ives BID Manager Sarah Stevens said: “Whilst we are disappointed not to go ahead with fireworks this New Year’s Eve, our priority remains the safety and wellbeing of our community, and the people who visit St Ives.

“We look forward to working with our stakeholders and partners to ensure 2022 showcases St Ives as brightly as ever, and wish everyone a safe and restful Christmas and New Year.”

The decision follows a sharp increase in cases of Covid-19. On Thursday in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 416 new people tested positive for the virus over the day, up on the previous days figure of 452.

The BID and St Ives Town Council will keep in place additional medical cover organised for the town on December 31.

Along with the increased CCTV services, to help support revellers visiting the town centre that evening. Restaurants and bars remain open, but advance booking is required at most venues.

The BID would ask people to avoid large gatherings in the streets, and for everyone celebrating New Year’s Eve to follow all Government guidelines, act responsibly, and to be respectful of others at all times.