‘I couldn’t let it die for the sake of a few hundred pounds’

Kirkham and Wesham Club Day.
Kirkham and Wesham Club Day.
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A Fylde businessman has come to the rescue of Kirkham and Wesham Club Day after spotting an appeal for help in The Express.

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 event – estimated at around £1,500 – as well as provide marshalls and it will take place as planned in June.

Organisers of the twin town’s Club Day have also been delighted to receive other offers of help from potential sponsors as well as Rotary Club officials who have also offered marshalls.

Event chairman Steve Cross said in last week’s Express 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: “The reaction to the Express piece was wonderful.

“We are so grateful to Mr Haythornthwaite and everyone who got in touch and we are very much 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 for the last few years, 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 also 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.