Club day chiefs in plea for help

Kirkham and Wesham Club Day 2012
Kirkham and Wesham Club Day 2012
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Kirkham and Wesham Club Day officials have made an urgent plea for volunteers and cash aid as the event faces the prospect of an uncertain future.

This year’s Club Day parade will for the first time see the organisers having to take prime responsibility for marshalling and road closures as police concentrate on dealing with revellers in the evening.

An appeal has gone out for volunteer marshals to make sure the parade goes smoothly on June 8 – but Club Day committee chairman Steve Cross says cash backing is also required if the annual event is to be sure of continuing.

“It normally costs just over £300 for barriers and cones for the event but this year, with the change of police involvement level in the parade, we think it could cost twice that,” said Mr Cross.

“It normally costs between £1,000 and £1,500 to stage the event and we have a kitty to cover that but if the costs are to increase, we need some help to make sure Club Day will continue in future years.”

Club days have been celebrated in Kirkham and Wesham, St Annes and Lytham as well as villages throughout Fylde for decades.

As far as policing this year is concerned, Lancashire police Insp Keith Ogle has said it is not the case that there would be a reduction or shortage in numbers.

He added: “It is up to the organisers to arrange road closures and marshalling.

“There will be no less officers at the event than last year. We will look to use officers at peak times. We support all the club days and want them to be trouble free.”

Anyone who can help with their time on club day, June 8, or with cash aid should contact Steve Cross on (01253) 390678.

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