Community rescues Halloween event

A community came together to rescue a Halloween event after spooky decorations were stolen and damaged hours before it was due to take place.

Pic at Cannock Stadium and Friends of the Stadium: Ian Biggs and Emma Thompson. They put a Halloween trail up around the park/stadium area, which was vandalised, but they want to thank the community who rallied together on hearing of the vandalism, and the trail was a success
Pic at Cannock Stadium and Friends of the Stadium: Ian Biggs and Emma Thompson. They put a Halloween trail up around the park/stadium area, which was vandalised, but they want to thank the community who rallied together on hearing of the vandalism, and the trail was a success

The Friends of Cannock Stadium Park worked with Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles through the ‘Chase Up!’ National Lottery Community Fund project, to organise a self-led Halloween trail around the Stadium Park in Chadsmoor to take place on October 31.

Vixens Corner, a sub group of the Friend’s, a community craft group focusing on crocheting and knitting, worked over the last few months to produce spooky decorations to form the trail.

On the day before Halloween handmade decorations were placed around the park, but they were stolen and damaged, meaning the group didn't have enough decorations to host the event.

The president of FoCS, Lynn Harley-Biggs, put out an urgent appeal for donations of Halloween decorations on Facebook.

Within 12 hours, the group not only had enough decorations to host the event, but also make it bigger than anticipated in the first instance.

Lynn said: "This event was put on for the children and families of our community. I am proud our community came together to support us and stand defiant against the actions of the few and allow them to spoil this self-led event for the many.

"The event was put on for the community in these difficult and unprecedented times, but could not have taken place at all without the community coming together.

"Thank you to all who donated, attended and otherwise supported us. I also want to thank our team who have been preparing for months for this event."

More than 150 people attended the event at the stadium from 5pm to 9pm. The group have received many messages of thanks and support from those who attended.

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