Kirkham and Wesham Club Day is again facing an uncertain future – and officials are appealing for help to ensure it continues.
Changes to marshalling responsibilities at such events and consequent increased costs are the main problems being faced for the organisers, who are looking or cash aid as well as volunteer assistance as they formulate plans for this year’s event in June.
Last year, members of the Veterans for Fylde group of ex-servicemen stepped in to help man road closures and crowd marshalling after club day organisers were faced for the first time with the responsibility for such measures having shifted from the police.
Even with the help of the Veterans again, the organisers of the Kirkham and Wesham event are facing costs estimated at up to £1,500.
Along with cones and barriers, the organisers, who rely entirely on cash donations, also have to hire a patrol truck and event chairman Steve Cross has issued a plaintive appeal for help to ensure they can foot the bill.
“Our financial resoyrces are being drained,” he said. “Every year a new hurdle seems to be set before us.
“Kirkham and Wesham is one of the few surviving examples of a full religious procession left, part of our heritage and still revered by thousands.
““If you want this day to survive , please support us now by forwarding a cheque or volunteering to be a marshall.”
Anyone who can help should contact Steve on (01253) 390678.