The Mayor and Councillors Sing for Skateboard Park

The historic chamber of Rye Town Hall echoed to the sounds of “The Councillors” a barber shop medley on Sunday 13 February.

His Worship The Mayor of Rye, Councillor Ian Potter, resplendent in his Mayoral Chains, teamed up with four other Councillors, John Breeds, Richard Breeds, Jonathon Breeds and John Izod, to entertain the unbelieving crowd that were present to raise money for the proposed Rye Skateboard Park.

The Quintet, with a little help from Lois Benton on the electric organ, sounded almost professional and there was loud applause at the end of their performance.

Mr. Ray Fookes was present and explained that of the £55,000 required to construct the site, £42,000 has already been raised or pledged, leaving just £13,000 to go. Attractions at the Town Hall included music by Steve Riv of ‘Pass the Cat’, a Grand Raffle, Tombola, Bric-a-brac Stalls and Refreshment Table. Over £450 was raised on the day.

Other fund raising events are planned for the coming months and it is hoped that the project, which has been championed since its conception by Ray Fookes, one time Headmaster of the Thomas Peacocke.

He has seen several groups of young skateboarders and BMX riders grow out of the age group the scheme is intended for and hopes that the current crop of youngsters, who like their predecessors, have worked hard to raise money towards the Skate Park, will be able to enjoy the fruits of their labours by the end of this year.

The Skate Park will be constructed in the right hand corner of the Cricket Salts (as you look from the Pavilion). Anyone wanting to know more about the project or are interested in helping in any way should contact Ray Fooke

Veronica Wall is amazed at the quality of the Raffle prizes as she buys her tickets from The Mayoress, Jessica Neame.

March 2005 Issue of “Rye’s Own”

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