Following our announcement last night we are very disappointed to have to confirm that the London to Brighton Electric Vehicle Rally 2021 cannot go ahead this Sunday as planned due to the large increase in Covid cases in Brighton & Hove. Specifically, the Cabinet Office guidance says people should “minimise travel in and out of affected areas” and identifies Brighton & Hove as an affected area.
Following discussions with stakeholders throughout yesterday afternoon, evening and this morning, we feel we have no option but to postpone the event and have confirmed Saturday 18th September as the new date. This is the only weekend date in September where Madeira Drive on Brighton seafront is available to use, and we feel that finishing on Brighton seafront, with all the events around the finish line that have been planned, is a core part of the event.
Obviously we are devastated, and we know how disappointed everyone will be with this news, but the safety of our staff, participants and the public is our highest priority. A huge amount of work has gone into the preparations for Sunday, not just from us but from all our stakeholders and participants, and we are very sorry that we are having to take this action. We are however very much looking forward to welcoming you to an even better event on the 18th September!
We wish all our partners, stakeholders and participants an enjoyable summer; stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday 18 September.
Tom, Bill, Jo & Olivia, all the team at The Big Lemon, and our partners at EDF.