ANOTHER casualty of the coronavirus outbreak is the York & North Yorkshire Chamber annual dinner.

The event, one of the biggest in the city's business calendar, was due to take place next week on March 26, but has now been postponed.

Britain's most famous vicar, Reverend Richard Coles had been invited as the keynote speaker.

It is one of a number of cancellations of big events in the city, including the Liberal Democrat spring conference.

Local business professionals from across the region were due come together to hear from Rev Coles who may be best known for being an ex-half of the Communards, but has also gone on to feature on Celebrity Masterchef, Strictly Come Dancing and is a radio presenter for BBC Radio 4.

Andrew Digwood, president of the chamber and partner at law firm Rollits, had also been due to address the audience.

He had been expected to discuss the importance of removing barriers to successful businesses in the region as well as acknowledge the difficulties and uncertain times the business community is facing.

Sandy Needham, CE of the West & North Yorkshire Chamber, tweeted: "We're postponing our events due to take place in March and April. This includes the @YNYChamber annual dinner, now to take place in September - we'll confirm the new date on Monday.

"Thanks to all involved for your patients, support and understanding."

A chamber spokesman said they were thankful to their event sponsors: HSBC UK Bank was the event’s main sponsor with additional sponsorship from Shepherd Group, Portakabin, Rollits LLP and Saville Group. The event AV partner was Sparq.

The event was due to be hosted at the National Railway Museum in York.