THE 30th anniversary staging of Brean Leisure Park’s popular Sports Celebrity Am golf tournament - scheduled for June 9 - has had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdown.

The House family, who own the Leisure Park, have hosted the long-running fundraising event which has raised thousands of pounds over the years for the Injured Jockeys Fund and St Margaret’s Hospice, but made this call in light of the latest government measures.

With the uncertainty of how and when the country might exit the current restrictions, it has been decided against trying to rearrange the event later in 2020 and start planning towards the 2021 staging, which will bring up the notable landmark.

Brean Leisure Park managing director Richard House said: “This event is always a highlight in our golfing calendar at Brean and over the years we have been lucky enough to see many top celebrities grace our fairways.

“In these unprecedented times, rearranging it for a date later in 2020 would be difficult, so we made the decision to cancel it for 2020 and start the hard work to ensure the 2021 event is one to remember for everyone,”

Despite the course currently being closed for play, course manager Robin Williams and his team have kept it in good shape during the period of inactivity and course conditions wouldn’t have been an issue if the event had gone ahead in early June.

However, Brean’s PGA professional and director of golf Andrew March said: “With many other sporting schedules currently suspended it could have led to availability issues of many of the sporting stars who often take part had we tried to play it later in the year.

“We felt putting the event on ice for the year was the best move for all and I am already looking forward to a successful event in 2021.”

Former multiple National Hunt champion jockey and vice-president of the Injured Jockeys Fund, John Francome - a regular competitor in recent years at Brean - said: “The House family are one of the Injured Jockeys Fund’s longest running supporters and we are extremely grateful for their amazing support.

“I plan to try to play in this event whenever it is staged but on balance in the current situation I feel it is probably best to wait until next year.”

Sporting calendars will need to be consulted before an exact date for 2021 can be confirmed, but rest assured the 30th Anniversary staging next June will be well worth waiting for.