Sunday 30th April dawned dry and bright, a good omen for the day to come.
From early on the St Luke’s Barton Stadium became a hive of activity as St Luke’s personnel, 1874 volunteers and the assembled throng of Car Boot stall holders descended.
Along with approximately 30 stalls, the stadium soon filled up with an assortment of activities for the visitors to enjoy during the coming day. On the car park was parked the St Luke’s Routemaster bus, a children’s roundabout and a number of the larger Car Boot stalls, whilst inside the stadium more stalls ringed the pitch.
Officially proceedings were due to start at 11am, however many early shoppers were soon in evidence browsing the stalls and it was not long before Toddy was gently persuading the locals to part with their cash. All in aid of 1874 Northwich of course.
A Bouncy Castle, Crazy Golf, Beat the Goalie and a very popular Face Painter were kept busy as the crowds continued throughout the day. Inside the café a continuous flow of Tea, Coffee, Burgers and Sausage butties kept everyone busy, with our very own Doreen playing a blinder.
A special treat for the day were two appearances by local Ukulele group, Ageless Ukes, who entertained the crowds in some style. Among their ranks a few faces well known to 1874 supporters. With numbers ranging from Elvis to Dolly Parton they had the crowds dancing in the aisles.
A t 2.30 our 1874 U21’s played St Helens U21’s, and whilst the result was not as we hoped for, the game was enjoyed by a good crowd who were thoroughly entertained.
Raising just under £2000 for the Hospice on the day, hopefully this will become a regular event, bringing the local community and local football together.
Thank you to everyone who attended, Winsford Utd for the use of the stadium and especially to our 1874 volunteers, without whom the day would not have been such a great success.