Town club day is rescued

Kirkham and Wesham Club Day.
Kirkham and Wesham Club Day.

A long-running club day, which looked set to be scrapped, will go ahead after all this year – after a local businessman came to the rescue.

David Haythornthwaite, the boss of Lytham-based Tangerine Holdings, chairman of AFC Fylde and organiser of Lytham’s St George’s Festival, has offered to fund the cost of the Kirkham and Wesham Club Day – estimated at around £1,500 –as well as provide marshalls.

The offer means the day will take place as planned in June.

Organisers of the Club Day have also received other offers of help from potential sponsors, as well as Rotary Club officials who have also offered marshalls.

Event chairman Steve Cross has said the Club Day, which has a history dating back decades, was facing an uncertain future because of rapidly-escalating costs.

A shift in marshalling responsibilities from the police to the event organisers has caused particular headaches, but Mr Cross said they were delighted that the businessman had offered his help.

“We are so grateful to Mr Haythornthwaite and everyone who got in touch, and we are looking forward to another successful Club Day.”

Mr Haythornthwaite said the event was close to his heart, after spending many of his formative years living in the Kirkham area.

“I couldn’t let it die for the sake of a few hundred pounds,” he said. “I wanted to do anything I could and, having staged the St George’s Day Festival, I could certainly empathise with the Club Day organisers over the health and safety regulations they have to deal with.

“Some of those can be very off-putting to organisers of such events.”

Through a link via AFC Fylde, Mr Haythornthwaite is to arrange for students from Preston’s College to marshall the event, as will be the case at the St George’s Day Festival in Lytham next month.

A meeting to discuss plans for this year’s Kirkham and Wesham Club Day is being held on Monday at Kirkham Methodist Church.