Last ditch bid to save town’s gala

Poulton gets in the party mood during last year's gala celebrations

Poulton gets in the party mood during last year's gala celebrations

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VOLUNTEERS have been out in Poulton drumming up support for a last minute summer gala.

An emergency committee of councillors and residents has met in a bid to save the town’s annual party.

Organisers shelved the event in January with committee members blaming a lack of volunteers and red tape.

The decision caused controversy when residents claimed their offers of help had been ignored.

But locals are now working together in an eleventh hour campaign to hold a summer event in the town.

Tithebarn ward councillor Lesley McKay, the catalyst behind the last-ditch attempt, said a town like Poulton needed a gala.

She said: “We were all really disappointed when we found out the gala was going to be cancelled.

“I live next to Cottam Hall and am right in the heart of things and have loved attending the fair for years.

“This week we held an emergency meeting and with the help of county councillor Geoff Roper decided to try to re-organise an event.

“The response was very positive and I would love to say there will definitely be one but there is nothing set in concrete as yet.”

Coun McKay said volunteers had been out and about in Poulton in the last week gathering support from local businesses.

Elaine Cowap of Out ‘N’ About on Breck Road, said the shop has always supported the local gala.

She said: “We used to win the window dressing competition and always advertise the event which we enjoy watching.

“I think sometimes though things do need a rest to remind people of what they miss, Fleetwood did it and Thornton I believe.

“It is getting very difficult to organise events because people are so busy and of course it so expensive with insurance and new rules.”

Paperwork and new rules and regulations over health and safety are one of the reasons the event has struggled.

Red tape reached such a level, last year, organisers struggled to get an insurance company to cover the traditional sight of the gala queen riding on a tractor in the procession.