A POPULAR religious gathering in a Staffordshire Moorlands town has become the latest victim of the coronavirus pandemic. This year's Leek Club Day has been cancelled due to the threat posed by the killer virus, which has so far claimed the lives of more than 28,000 people across the UK. The colourful event, which sees various churches, schools and other groups parade around the town centre, was to have taken place on Saturday, July 11. Event organiser Joe Sullivan has sent an email out to the religious groups involved explaining the decision: "Since the emergence of the Covid-19 outbreak in January, we have continued to follow the guidance of the Government, Public Health England and NHS England, seeking to understand the implications for Leek Club Day. "Whilst we continue to pray and hope for the improvement of the current situation, the significant preparations required to facilitate Leek Club Day and the likelihood that the Social Distancing measures will continue for many months, we now feel it is the right time to cancel this year's event. "In light of this decision, Leek Club Day will next take place on Saturday July 10 2021, led by Gateway. We expect that the committee will next meet in October 2020 for the Annual General Meeting (AGM), with confirmed arrangements to follow nearer to the time. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your contribution, hard work and commitment to the 2020 Leek Club Day and I look forward to continuing to work with you in the planning of next year's event."