Truckfest, a festival for “all things trucks”, recently saw over 12,000 visitors come to the two day show.
Held at the East of England Arena and Events Centre and organised by Live Promotions, the event also saw over 500 camping pitches filled at the event.
The annual event is usually held over the May Bank Holiday but was postponed to the end of August, in the hope that the delay would make it would be possible to develop and implement acceptable methods of Covid-19 control to allow the event to go ahead.
Colin Ward, director of Live Promotions, said: “It was wonderful being open for business and back to promoting at last with the first of our Truckfest events since lockdown. Jason Lunn and his team at the East of England Arena were excellent and supportive in every way possible, from concept through to planning and completion. Together our teams were able to meet the latest Covid-19 regulations, as well as working with the local authority and Public Health England resulting in a highly successful Truckfest 2020.”
Venue director at the East of England Arena and Events Centre, Jason Lunn, said: “Running events during Covid-19 requires the venue and organiser to stand side by side in planning and production. The responsibility is simply enormous. We have always worked closely with our clients but this sets a new high for us. We would like to thank Colin Ward and his team at Live Promotions for being so transparent with all their operations, bookings and expected numbers, this has allowed us to share detailed information with the authorities including Public Health England, the Local Authority, the Police and Environmental Health in order to get the go ahead for the event to take place.”
Truckfest marks the second Covid-19 secure event to take place at the East of England Arena, with the Outdoor Motorhome Campervan Show being the UK’s first public event to be held under PHE scrutiny.
Lunn added: “Peterborough is leading the way in restarting events and we would also like to thank NW Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara and Gillian Beasley, CEO of the City Council and her team for helping to make this happen.
“Events support a variety of business and jobs, we are pleased to be playing a part in kickstarting the local economy. The East of England Arena and Event Centre is now ahead of the field and we are looking forward to staging our regular events, as well as attracting new business that wants a head start and our proven turn key support.”