Car boot is on the move

Brighouse Lions present a cheque to Highbury School, Rastrick, with money raised at the Brass Band March and Hymn Tune in July. Pictured is Dot Brooke, Eugene Normanton, Pam Sellers, head of Highbury, Douglas Cornell, Lions president and Pam Lumb
Brighouse Lions present a cheque to Highbury School, Rastrick, with money raised at the Brass Band March and Hymn Tune in July. Pictured is Dot Brooke, Eugene Normanton, Pam Sellers, head of Highbury, Douglas Cornell, Lions president and Pam Lumb

BRIGHOUSE Lions car boot sale is on the move.

The group holds its sales on the second Sunday of every month previously in Owler Ings car park in Brighouse.

But after experiencing several problems the group has decided to move to Brighouse Market, that is privately owned, and hold car bootless sales instead.

The sales have been extremely popular in the past and used to be held in Daisy Street car park, but after moving to Bethel Street car park for a short time and then to Owler Ings they started to notice a drop in numbers.

President Douglas Cornell said Calderdale Council in its wisdom decided they wanted Daisy Street car park. “They moved us to Bethel Street car park outside Waterfront Lodge but understandably the hotel owner wasn’t happy and we were moved again to Owler Ings where we were competing with the council.

“We have been and canvassed some of the costumers round at Daisy Street and they are still under the impression that it is the Lions car boot. We are sure that if customer realised the cash was going back to Brighouse and worthy causes they would come back.”

The group has had countless problems since moving including cars parking in the car park.

But when they reported it to the council they said there was nothing they could do.

Mr Cornell basically got the impression that his members were expected to stand at the car park and tell people to park elsewhere.

“We don’t want to be getting into arguments with people trying to get into the car park. I said we are running a successful band contest but that is not our life blood the car boot sale is and it is crucial it works. Without any income Brighouse Lions will fail to exist,” he said.

He said it was a very successful group and they were keen to get the people back to the car boot sales so they could support local charities.

The first car bootless sale will be on September 9 from 8am until noon at Brighouse Market after a short break in August.