Roadworks and weather hit fundraiser

The annual vintage day at Fleet.
The annual vintage day at Fleet.
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VINTAGE and military vehicles and live music formed the centrepieces of a fundraising weekend – but roadworks and weather saw profits plummet.

Harold Payne, of the Anglia Motel, Fleet, organises the family-focused event every year to raise cash for his own Anglia Help Our Local Heroes charity, but this year’s brought in less than half of what it usually does.

But the smaller crowds who did brave the rain and the chaos on the A17 still helped the good cause to the tune of £1,000.

The cash will be added to another £1,000 Harold and his willing helpers raised during collections at a Wisbech supermarket last week – but Harold says he has still been left out of pocket by £3,000 in the past three months because of lack of interest in a number of events and shows.

Mr Payne said: “I suppose every little bit helps but it was a real shame that so few people came along. Many of the veterans were quite upset because they know how much effort I put into organising it.

“We had a good turn out of military and vintage vehicles and all the other attractions, but the public just couldn’t get here. It’s a real pity – I just wish they could have started the roadworks a couple of days later.”

As well as the vehicles, three bands performed live music on both Saturday and Sunday, and charities set out their stalls in a bid to boost their own coffers.