Gig raises £2,000 for work at Queensgate

Peter Smurthwaite

Peter Smurthwaite

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A Christmas fund-raiser to help Bridlington Town to pay for the damage caused by vandals brought in more than £2,000.

The event delighted club chairman Peter Smurthwaite, who is hoping to use some of the extra money to refurbish the clubhouse at Queensgate.

Local band Capital Eye, and a selection of other musicians, performed free of charge and more than 200 people packed into the clubhouse to watch them.

Smurthwaite said: “It was the best music gig I have seen at the club in all the time I have been involved with Bridlington Town. A real family occasion and what an atmosphere those talented musicians created.

“I really appreciate the fact that these musicians provided their services completely free of charge to raise money for the football club to help towards the repairs after the recent break-in.

“The support from the local people was fantastic for the event and the fact that nearly 70 prizes were donated from local people and businesses for the Christmas draw showed a real community spirit.

“I would also like to thank Heather, Kevin and the staff for their excellent service on the night and also Mary Green, Richard Bishop, Paul Prime and Tony Mooney for their help before and during the function.

“It is pleasing to know the effort and support they have given to the football club.

“Also, thanks to everyone who helped sell the tickets and also all the local people who had no hesitation in buying a draw ticket from myself in the local pubs.”

Vandals broke into the ground late last year and caused damage estimated to be close to £1,000. Proceeds of the gig will cover this cost and help the Seasiders Bar attract more outside bookings.