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The Bundy Day memorial will continue as travelers leave Dallam Fields

A MEMORIAL event will take place following fears that it will have to be postponed.

Bank Quay Bulls Rugby League Club raised fears last week that they may have to suspend plans for their annual Bundy Day on August 6.

The event is held in tribute to former player Alan ‘Bundy’ Clare, who died while on vacation.

The club said the memorial was in doubt this year due to recent repeated caravan invasions of the club’s home at Dallam Playing Fields, much to the disappointment and frustration of organisers.

However, the club have now confirmed that this year’s Bundy Day will go ahead as planned.

It comes after the most recent group of travelers to set up at the Longshaw Street site left after being evicted by Cheshire Police.

A group of 16 caravans and associated vehicles moved into Dallam playgrounds on Sunday, just hours after a previous illegal encampment of three caravans finally left after 10 days.

Police present at the Longshaw Street site

The camp left the site on Tuesday – albeit later than the notice given to them by police – with a clean-up operation launched by Warrington Borough Council.

Confirming that the memorial will take place this year, Bank Quay Bulls posted on social media: “We are so happy to inform you that Bundy Day will go ahead as planned on Saturday August 6th.

“We hope you can join us in celebrating his life. This year is going to be bigger and better, and we can’t wait for the day.

“We are sure that everyone who comes will have a great time. All of our kids are super excited, and some great rugby is on the way. We hope you can all join us on our special day.

The club previously told the Warrington Guardian the huge impact the recent camp situation had on its ability to provide sporting opportunities for hundreds of children.

He had to stop training and games on their grounds, which had a detrimental impact on the club as a whole, its volunteers and the neighborhood children who make up the teams.

Warrington Guardian: Council officers spotted clearing the grounds this weekCouncil officers were spotted clearing the pitch this week

Club chairman Kelly Cragg said: “We have children playing at our club from five years old to 15, and after two years without rugby or fundraising due to Covid, we have long been anticipating our return to normality within the club.

“We have now been brought to a halt again by the appearance of travelers hijacking our playing fields which has brought all rugby activity to a halt due to backup issues.

“This is the second time in just over a month that they have endangered the safety of children by taking advantage of our training sessions and entering our sites while our doors are open, to allow the safe arrival and departure of children participating in training.

“Vehicles entered the field at high speed so as not to be prevented from doing so, regardless of the large number of children present.

“I speak for our entire committee, volunteers, players and parents when I say the frustration we feel is extremely high.”

The club have also raised a number of concerns in recent months over dog soiling on Dallam’s playing fields.

Warrington Borough Council and Warrington South MP Andy Carter recently had their say on the situation.


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