Club Day to return, say organisers
LYDD Club Day will return this year, the Herald can reveal – despite rumours that the 143-year-old event was in danger of being cancelled in 2012 due to a lack of support.
It is one of the oldest carnivals in the South East and has been held every year since 1869, except during the two world wars.
Several messages were posted on the club day's Facebook page, warning its 1,073 online friends: "Support it or lose it".
A notice posted by organisers added: "There is a high possibility Lydd Club Day 2012 will not happen unless we get more support."
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But determined residents and councillors have rallied round and have vowed this summer's club day will be "bigger and better than ever", and the fundraising campaign is now stepping up a gear.
Clive Goddard, of Vinelands, has taken over as publicity officer for the event, which is held on The Rype. He said: "It's definitely coming back this year, 100 per cent, and we're already really looking forward to it.
"There are rumours like this sometimes, but we're aiming to come back bigger and better than ever, and have an excellent and excited committee."
The club day held last June attracted hundreds of people with a varied line-up including the world-famous Red Arrows, a fire truck doing wheelies and a children's fancy dress competition.
Numbers appeared to be down on previous years, leading to New Romney town and district councillor David Wimble, who lives in Lydd, to say that "some of the magic seems to have gone" from the event compared to club days he experienced when growing up.
But organisers are aiming to make this summer's occasion a family-friendly spectacular.
Mr Goddard added: "We want to make it stronger than ever and are writing to lots of companies to ask for help with funding.
"I grew up with it and it's important to keep it going. Funds are always an issue, so if local businesses on the Marsh can help that would be great."
What would you like to see at this year's Lydd Club Day? Can you help with funding? E-mail mike.sims@KRNmedia.co.uk