An Olympic effort for Christmas

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HOLBEACH is looking for 40 Olympic-style volunteer marshals for its Christmas Fayre this December.

For the first time last year the crowds which poured in to the town’s big event were professionally counted and a massive 11,700 visitors were clocked – more than twice the number expected.

Organisers have been advised that the air cadets who have previously looked after visitors and helped them with directions are too young at under-18 to manage the day, which this year will be on Sunday, December 9.

Spokesman Eden Loweth (18) said: “We’ve learned from the Olympics when volunteer marshals were so effective, both in London and in Holbeach itself.

“Last year we were hoping to top 5,000 visitors to the fair and were staggered at the numbers who actually came along, many of them not knowing the town.

“We need marshals to guide them to parking and direct them where they want to go, as well as looking out for lost children or people who need help.

“Our marshals, who don’t have to be Holbeach people, will get a day of training before the event and on the day after a briefing they’ll be asked to man road barriers on the ways into town, to direct people who want to know where the toilets are and so on.

“They won’t need to have CRB checks as the committee has that covered and any lost children can be passed over to us.

“Food will be provided for all marshals and they’ll get breaks so they can enjoy the fair.

“I think marshals will really enjoy joining in. I volunteered as a marshal when the Olympic torch came through and it was inspiring, the strength of community spirit was just amazing. We’re hoping the air cadets will help out in a different capacity.”

nWould-be volunteers should telephone 07504 410650 for more details.