Complaints force charity day call-off

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TWO friends who planned to hold a charity event in Rastrick on Saturday have been forced to cancel it after fears from residents over noise and drinking.

David Earnshaw and Sarah Day had organised the ‘Party in the Park’ style fun day in a field off Healey Wood Road and distributed leaflets to people living in the area informing them of their plans and asking them to get involved.

“The feedback was really positive and we decided to go ahead. I was in touch with Calderdale Council and we had obtained permission from the Performing Rights Society to play music,” said David.

“We were going to have entertainment and food and we thought it would be a fun day out that would bring the community together in a good cause.”

Sarah said: “Most people were 100 per cent supportive but it seems a small minority had concerns about the impact of the event. We tried to reassure them but in the end we felt we had no choice but to cancel it.”

David, who runs the Halifax Steam Brewery at Hipperholme, is planning to take part in Enduro Africa next year, a 2,000 km motorcycle journey across Africa to raise money for four charities including UNICEF and Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund.

“We are planning an 18-month programme of fund-raising activities and the Party in the Park was to have been one of the main events.

“To have to cancel it has been a setback for us but we will have to work harder to raise the money another way. It seems some people were concerned about noise and the fact that real ale was available. But I am a licensee and I would never put my licence at risk.”

Sarah said: “We tried to do everything right by telling people what we were doing and asking for their support.

“It was a very reluctant decision to cancel because we thought it would be a fun family event for the Bank Holiday.”