Thefts force ‘gutted’ Les to end sales

At one of the table top sales in aid of Holbeach Town Band are Les Ward, Diane Parker, Brenda Twigg, Sue Fisher and Charlotte Smith.
At one of the table top sales in aid of Holbeach Town Band are Les Ward, Diane Parker, Brenda Twigg, Sue Fisher and Charlotte Smith.

fundraiser Les Ward is stopping his table top sales following a spate of thefts at the bandroom where his bric-a-brac is stored.

Les and fellow stalwart Brenda Twigg have raised more than £26,000 for Holbeach Town Band in the last 13 years.

Les (67) said: “The reason I am giving up is I have had so much stolen out of the bandroom.

“I have got to call time, I am afraid. I am absolutely gutted about what’s happened.”

He claims boxes of bric-a-brac, big wooden fruit bowls and jewellery have all gone missing over a period of weeks.

Many of the items are donated but Les also buys some to sell.

He said: “I buy stuff in cheap, as well. I bought a big tray of earrings, jewellery, and stuff like that and it’s all gone.”

Band musical director Mel Hopkin said there had been an internal investigation and there was nothing to suggest anything untoward.

Les’s final sale outside the bandroom, in Back Lane, Holbeach, takes place from 8.30am to 2pm on Saturday and then there will be a final fundraiser at Holbeach Community Centre from noon to 3pm on Sunday, October 30.

Les, who is caretaker at the bandroom hall, plays big bass drum and will continue to play in the band.