SALTBURN Food Festival has been scaled back and moved indoors after fears forecast weather conditions would make the event "unsafe and unworkable".

Organisers say they took the decision with a "heavy heart" last night to cancel the event after heavy rain and thunderstorms were forecast.

But this morning it has been announced that a smaller event will take place.

Many street food stalls and gazebos have been cancelled, but existing businesses in the town will be going ahead with their events and promotions.

This year's event was due to be the biggest yet, with more than 150 traders booked to take part in the event, including many new traders from the North-East and North Yorkshire.

In a statement, event organisers said: "It is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to cancel the event.

"We believe that the 30mph+ wind speeds, heavy rain and probability of thunderstorms forecast on the latest weather forecast tomorrow will make the festival site unsafe and unworkable.

"We've had to cancel all the street stalls and gazebos because of the forecast high winds, but there will still be a number of events happening throughout the town centre with the existing businesses.

"There will be some hot good venues operating and a reduced indoor market at Saltburn Community Hall at the top end of Station Street."

This morning, Saltburn Farmers Market posted on the Saltburn Food Festival Facebook page that there will be a few dozen stalls selling fresh food in Saltburn community centre and hot food available from street food vans and local retailers on Milton Street.

They added: "Please do support local businesses by popping down if you're local - many have bought extra stock and planned to be open longer hours."