Garstang FC ready to return following flood

Last Mondays scenes as rain enveloped Garstang Sports and Social Club
Last Mondays scenes as rain enveloped Garstang Sports and Social Club

Garstang FC have thanked volunteers and local companies for their efforts as the club returns to action on Wednesday.

Last week’s torrential rain flooded Garstang Sports and Social Club, the club’s home along with that of Garstang’s cricket and rugby clubs.

The High Street club had seen a new bar, kitchen and carpets ruined, undoing months of hard work and a costly refurbishment following December’s damage caused by Storm Desmond.

However, a week’s hard work means Lee Baker’s side can host Crooklands Casuals in their West Lancashire League Premier Division match (7.30pm) following the postponement of games against Hesketh Bank and Eagley.

Club spokesman David Graham said: “There were some frenetic phone calls going on last Monday with people asked to try and get down there.

“A lot of the lads from the cricket, rugby and football sides were involved but, at least to some extent, they saw it coming so they could get in there and rescue stuff inside.

“They have managed to redo the changing room floor but the carpets have had to come out of the clubhouse.

“This time, though, the water nearly went as quickly as it arrived.

“The pitch hasn’t suffered too much; last time it took us about six weeks to get going but, this time, the early actions by some of the lads down there have minimised the damage.”

The efforts involved in clearing up that damage hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Garstang boss Baker tolds the club’s website: “I would like to thank the boys and committee members who got stuck in over the clean up due to the recent floods.

“Garstang as a club is something to be proud of.”