A DESPERATE plea has been made for volunteers to help ensure reduced police support does not jeopardise a community event.
Kirkham and Wesham Club Day takes place next month, but co-ordinator Steve Cross said the organising team is still desperately short of willing volunteers.
Lancashire Constabulary has asked Mr Cross to secure around 40 volunteers to man the parade route – while at the same time cutting back the number of police they are providing for this year’s popular festival.
And he said the increased demands were making organising the event, due to take place on Saturday, June 11, more difficult than ever.
He told The Gazette: “The police are making us put a ring of steel around the town.
“We are providing more and more plastic policemen of our own to man the barriers and road closures.
“I understand Lancashire Constabulary resources are limited and we have to accept that, but I think they’ve over-reacted and are asking us to get too many people. It’s becoming more and more difficult to organise and the police are expecting us to do things we’re not in a position to do.”
Lancashire police have confirmed some officers will be on duty for the parade, with more due to be stationed in the town during the afternoon and evening.
Mr Cross added: “Over the years Kirkham has had a very good name, with a church procession in the morning.
“But the police are saying they need resources for the afternoon and evening on the fairground when things can get out of hand, so we’re losing out in the morning.”
The town’s neighbourhood policing sergeant Niamh O’Donoghue said: “Rest days have been cancelled and we will be providing an appropriate response in the afternoon and evening. ”
Anyone aged 18 or over who thinks they could marshal a barrier for the event can call Mr Cross on (01253) 390678