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Rock legend donates guitar for Lyme Regis skatepark
ORGANISERS have paid tribute to wellwishers who got on board to raise £2,750 in Lyme Regis Skatepark Week.
It included four fundraising events at the Nag’s Head pub as well as a consultation session with young people about designs for the new skatepark.
Rock star Ian Gillan, of Deep Purple fame, was among those to donate lots for a charity auction at the pub which raised £2,439.
Coun Lucy Campbell, who was among the organisers, said: “What a week.
“It was a great success, raising over £2,750.
Two of the fundraising events were Cheese Clubs which raised £76.
“Another was the quiz on the Wednesday evening which was good fun and well attended with seven teams taking part, raising another £180.”
Mr Gillan donated a one-off handmade ornamental guitar for Deep Purple, which he signed, for the Harvest Home charity auction.
Coun Campbell said: “On Saturday night, the Harvest Home auction organised by Cheryl Reynolds was a great success.
“We had over 120 items kindly donated by many local businesses as well as local celebs and organisations.
“The evening was great fun with our auctioneer Stuart Fowler doing an excellent job at getting people to dig deep for the cause.
“The night ended with a total of £2,439 with a couple more donations on their way.”
The week also included the skatepark design consultation exercise.
Skatepark users headed to the Hub to view five designs submitted by skatepark companies, including two presentations.
Coun Campbell said: “Their ideas and plans were met with great enthusiasm with groups of young people very keen to get involved in the designing of the skatepark and wanting to know how they can help.
“They were able to vote for their favourite designs and many showed interest in joining the local Skate Forum run by local youth worker Harry Warren.”
She added: “Coun Terry O’Grady and I would like to send a huge thank you to all the businesses and individuals who supported the events and gave so generously.”