Festive fair held to replace stolen funds

Stella Lea, Malissa Lea, Maggie Masters and Jean Clare at the Salvation Army in  Bridlington.
Stella Lea, Malissa Lea, Maggie Masters and Jean Clare at the Salvation Army in Bridlington.

A CHRISTMAS fair is being organised by Bridlington’s Salvation Army to replace funds stolen when the town mayor’s house was burgled.

As reported in last week’s Free Press, the home of Bridlington’s mayor Coun Michael Charlesworth was burgled while he was in hospital recovering from a stroke.

Items stolen included civic chains worth £15,000, jewellery, a laptop – and a charity box belonging to the Salvation Army which is the mayor’s chosen charity of the year.

It is not known how much the box contained, but the Bridlington branch of the Salvation Army have vowed to try and recover some funds by holding a Christmas fair on Saturday, November 10.

Capt Lynne Edwards, of the Bridlington Salvation Army said: “The theft of donations like this is appalling.”

“We are gutted, we have no idea what was in the box but we are going to try to replace what’s gone missing by putting on a Christmas fair. They are not going to beat us.”

The Christmas fair will be held at the Salvation Army Hall, in Wellington Road, from 10am.

It will feature a range of stalls selling crafts, home-made produce and much more.

The Salvation Army has also issued an appeal for donations of goods including bric-a-brac and clothing to its charity shop in Wellington Road.

Capt Edwards told the Free Press that while there are donation bins situated at various locations around the town, the items put into these are sent away for distribution to Salvation Army branches across the area and do not always necessarily end up benefiting the community of Bridlington directly.

But they have appealed for donations to be made to the charity shop to help boost funds for projects in the local community which are aimed at helping the homeless, elderly and anyone in need of support.

Work carried out by the Salvation Army in the town currently includes lunch clubs, a food bank, Christmas meals and supporting victims of domestic violence.

“Bridlington folk don’t have a lot but they share it,” Capt Edwards added.

Items can be donated at the charity shop or anyone wanting to donate larger items can call 603009 to arrange for them to be collected.