The organizing committee of the Okanagan Army Tattoo Society has introduced that the seventh annual manufacturing of the extremely widespread occasion has been cancelled on account of COVID-19.
Tattoo president and producer Norm Crerar introduced the cancellation of the occasion which has been honouring the Canadian Army, First Responders and showcasing native expertise since 2013.
Typically, mentioned Crerar, the present can’t go on.
“Public security and the security of our solid, volunteers, manufacturing group and crew are our first priorities,” he mentioned. “Though it might appear untimely to cancel presently, a present as massive and sophisticated as ours requires loads of lead time for planning and execution. Given the present unprecedented world state of affairs and uncertainties that encompass us, it’s in one of the best pursuits of the tattoo and our neighborhood to cancel the 2020 manufacturing.
“We very a lot seemed ahead to as soon as once more bringing our viewers an awe-inspiring present.”
The tattoo was slated for July 25 and 26 at Kal Tire Place.
Crerar vowed his group can be working diligently from dwelling with its trusted and valued companions, together with the Canadian Armed Forces, the Authorities of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the Metropolis of Vernon, to make sure a triumphant return in 2021.
Dates for the 2021 version are July 24 and 25 and the general public can observe the tattoo on Fb and Instagram for solid bulletins, updates and ticket gross sales data.
All tickets bought for the 2020 present can be refunded or purchasers can use the refund to buy tickets for the 2021 manufacturing.
The Okanagan Army Tattoo can also be a registered charity. For many who are in a position, Crerar asks that ticket holders take into account donating the worth of their ticket(s) again to the tattoo for a charitable donation receipt. The donation will make sure the Okanagan Army Tattoo can proceed with its mission for years to come back.
Complimentary or promotional ticket vouchers for the 2020 manufacturing can be honoured in 2021.
The Okanagan Army Tattoo is Vernon’s largest annual indoor occasion drawing an viewers in extra of 4,500 annually. The tattoo options greater than 500 performers and requires the help of 130 volunteers.
Through the years, the tattoo has taken on a decidedly worldwide flavour with performances by the Korean Army Conventional Band, the Washington State Military Nationwide Guard Band and the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band from the UK.