Bonfire event could be last in town’s history

Leyland Round Table members, from left, Bevis Mulholland, Christian Kay, Richard Horrobin, Paul Morgan and  chair, Jamie Rogers
Leyland Round Table members, from left, Bevis Mulholland, Christian Kay, Richard Horrobin, Paul Morgan and chair, Jamie Rogers
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The bonfire spectacular at Worden Park tonight could be the last of its kind in Leyland, organisers have warned.

Leyland Round Table has managed the firework show and bonfire event, which last year attracted 12,000 visitors, for more than 40 years. But the club is now facing a crisis as membership has reduced to just eight men.

Chairman Jamie Rogers revealed that numbers have dropped from more than 30 over the last five years, and if the club doesn’t see more members come through the door soon, it could be forced to quit for good.

“It would be really sad to see the club come to an end after so many years,” he said.

“Leyland would lose a major fundraiser. Things we do for the community, like the bonfire night event, Santa’s Sleigh for the children and Christmas hampers for the elderly, would all have to stop.

“We only have eight members now and we all make up the committee.

“A couple are due to leave in the next few months to join the 41 Club, because there’s an age limit for the Round Table, but we can’t operate with fewer than five members.

“There is a real chance we will have to fold next year.”

The Leyland Round Table meets twice a month and members take part in events such as quad biking, go karting, scuba diving, bowling, archery, games nights and clay pigeon shooting.

The club is holding a recruitment night on Thursday, November 14, at Wellington Park, Church Road, from 8pm.

If you’re male, aged between 18 and 45 and think you would like to get involved, just turn up, or visit www.leyland.roundtable.co.uk for more information.

- Gates for tonight’s bonfire and firework event at Worden Park open at 6pm, with the bonfire being lit at 6.30pm and the firework display starting at 7.45pm.

There will also be food stalls and fairground rides.

Tickets cost £5 at the gates or £3 in advance, by purchasing a programme from any number of town centre shops, which have posters in the window advertising the event. (Under fives can go for free.)

There is no parking at Worden Park.

- For more on this story, see this week’s Leyland Guardian.