Concert to rebuild club after arson blaze

Charity concert is being held at The Gantry Pub to raise money for Upton Football Club after arsonist burnt it down. (h607a247)
Charity concert is being held at The Gantry Pub to raise money for Upton Football Club after arsonist burnt it down. (h607a247)

FUNDRAISERS are hoping that a charity concert will help a junior football club get back on its feet.

The Express reported back in August how Upton Football Club’s catering facility was burnt out by arsonists.

The fire caused around £20,000 of damage to the unit, just off Waggon Lane, which was the club’s primary source of funding.

It took firefighters around two hours to put out the blaze that spread to a metal unit and completely destroyed all of its contents, including around £6,000 worth of equipment.

But the South East neighbourhood policing team (NPT) have arranged an all-day concert to raise vital funds to refurbish the facilities.

The concert will feature five acts and take place at The Gantry in Upton on Sunday, December 2, between 12pm and 7pm.

Organiser PC Stacey Caddick, of the NPT, said: “The Upton sports field is a brilliant facility for the community and we have been working closely with the club and our partner agencies to do all we can as local officers to help fundraise and provide support.

“Having such a facility is really beneficial as football provides leisure opportunities for youngsters that can help divert them from potential anti social behaviour.”

Chairman of Upton Football Club, Lee Pickin, said that he was very grateful to the NPT for their efforts and support.

Mr Pickin said: “As a club we would like to thank Stacey and everyone involved for all their hard work in arranging the event.

“Although she is a parent of one of our members, it’s just her community mindset and we can’t thank her enough.”

Acts include local duo Diffusion, Lady Gaga tribute Going Gaga, Pink tribute Miss Understood, soloist Tiffany and band Coma Girls.

There will also be face painting and a raffle to win prizes including a signed Manchester United pennant and a signed Leeds United shirt. Tickets cost £5 and are available from The Gantry or by e-mail stacey.caddick@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or jeanaskew@wakefield.gov.uk