Club Day training plan to secure future

St Annes Carnival 2013
St Annes Carnival 2013

Fylde Council officers could be set for specialist training in a bid to ensure club day parades across the borough can go ahead this year.

A special meeting is to be held at the town hall tonight to discuss the issue after it was revealed police would only help road marshalling at one club day event in Freckleton, as it crosses a dual carriageway.

In what is a nationwide strategy, the police have confirmed they will not support traffic management for an event on the highway unless it is deemed to be of national importance, such as Remembrance Sunday parades.

The council can enforce road closures, but adequate training is needed for officers to lower the risk of accidents.

Coun Sue Fazackerley, cabinet member for leisure and culture said: “We have got to do this otherwise club days would not happen.

“It means of course extra work for the borough council and that being the training of our officers so they can help these club days out.

“It will cost money to train the officers but as it said in the report, these club days are so important to the borough.”

Coun Liz Oades, who called for a group to look at the issue, said: “Police are refusing to marshal the events but it is imperative that we secure the future of our club days.

“We’re a unique area in having so many.

“We have events funding and must use some of that to secure the future of these events.”

Last summer, club day organisers appealed for marshals to help from within the community, with members of Fylde Veterans, led by Coun Ed Nash, volunteering to help at Kirkham, Lytham and St Annes Club Days.

Coun Fazackerley estimates the training will cost no more than £10,000.

She added: “I was born and bred here. I can speak with some authority and feel it is the only day of the year St Annes feels like a community.

“So many people come here to retire and some people leave as they can’t buy homes, but on that one day people return and get together.”

Chairman of St Annes Carnival Day, Angela Jacques added: “Two people will be trained for each of the club days, then pass on their knowledge to the many volunteers who take part on the day.

“We are pleased about this. We were all rather worried about the cost of the training, which is prohibitive.

“There was no way each club day could send a marshall on a course.”

The meeting is to take place at the Town Hall in St Annes Road West from 6.15pm.