BALA Lake Railway has been forced to cancel its planned annual Halloween and Santa Special trains because of Covid 19 restrictions.

The special trains have popular with youngsters in the past. The railway’s general manager David Jones said: “It just wouldn’t be the same with Santa meeting everyone at a social distance. For the health and safety of all, passengers and Santa and his helpers, he’s decided that the best thing to do this year is to keep himself in the best of health for delivering presents on the big day itself. We’re very sorry to disappoint all his loyal fans”.

The narrow gauge railway has also cancelled its popular Halloween event for similar reasons.