The organizing committee of the Okanagan Navy Tattoo Society has introduced that the seventh annual manufacturing of the extremely widespread occasion has been cancelled as a consequence of COVID-19.
Tattoo president and producer Norm Crerar introduced the cancellation of the occasion which has been honouring the Canadian Navy, First Responders and showcasing native expertise since 2013.
Typically, stated Crerar, the present can’t go on.
“Public security and the protection of our forged, volunteers, manufacturing workforce and crew are our first priorities,” he stated. “Though it could appear untimely to cancel at the moment, a present as giant and complicated as ours requires loads of lead time for planning and execution. Given the present unprecedented world scenario and uncertainties that encompass us, it’s in the very best pursuits of the tattoo and our group to cancel the 2020 manufacturing.
“We very a lot appeared 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 might 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 comply with the tattoo on Fb and Instagram for forged bulletins, updates and ticket gross sales info.
All tickets bought for the 2020 present might be refunded or purchasers can use the refund to buy tickets for the 2021 manufacturing.
The Okanagan Navy Tattoo can also be a registered charity. For individuals who are in a position, Crerar asks that ticket holders contemplate donating the worth of their ticket(s) again to the tattoo for a charitable donation receipt. The donation will make sure the Okanagan Navy Tattoo can proceed with its mission for years to return.
Complimentary or promotional ticket vouchers for the 2020 manufacturing might be honoured in 2021.
The Okanagan Navy Tattoo is Vernon’s largest annual indoor occasion drawing an viewers in extra of 4,500 every year. The tattoo options greater than 500 performers and requires the help of 130 volunteers.
Over time, the tattoo has taken on a decidedly worldwide flavour with performances by the Korean Navy Conventional Band, the Washington State Military Nationwide Guard Band and the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band from the UK.