Christmas fair boosts Brid Salvation Army

Cherrie Clark and Jean Clare at the Christmas fair.
Cherrie Clark and Jean Clare at the Christmas fair.

A CHRISTMAS Fair held by the Salvation Army to recuperate funds that were stolen when the town mayor’s house was burgled has been hailed a resounding success.

The fair, held at the Salvation Army hall, on Wellington Road raised a grand total of £850 in the space of just a few hours.

The money raised now means they can cater for around 20 extra people at their annual Christmas Day dinner held at the hall for all those facing spending the day alone.

Captain Lynne Edwards has spoken of her amazement at how well supported the event was and has said a big thank you to everyone involved.

“We couldn’t believe it, we kept totalling it up thinking this is crazy. They were queuing down Wellington Road,” Capt Edwards said.

“Without the people of Bridlington we couldn’t finance what we do and I don’t think they realise how grateful we are,” Capt Edwards added.

The idea for holding the fair was born after a Salvation Army collection box was stolen when the home of the mayor Councillor Michael Charlesworth was burgled last month while he was recovering in hospital from a stroke.

The Christmas dinners held by the Salvation Army have been known to attract up to 40 people of all ages and the extra money now means more people than ever will be able to benefit from the service.

Attendees are given a traditional Christmas meal cooked by a professional chef, as well as a gift, and can enjoy some festive fun.

“It’s just like going to visit your family. We have a few people who are regulars, they look forward to it, and we get quite a few who are new to the area,” Capt Edwards said.