[dropcap type=”circle”]A[/dropcap]s the demolition of The Pensby Hotel continues, a local campaigner who fought to save it has revealed a never say die attitude and a plan to Light Up Pensby This Christmas.
John Hughes is hopeful the community spirit which was formed around the fate of the pub will not be dissipated and make positive things happen in the Pensby-Thingwall area.
John wants to raise £6000 to pay for festive illuminations which he believes will make a real difference. He says, “They will bring a warm glow to Pensby Road and the local shops on the dark wintry nights, and add a touch of Christmas magic.”
John is also Chair of the recently formed Pensby Community Association. “We’ve set ourselves a huge task and are now asking local businesses and traders to help raise the funds needed.”
The Light Up Pensby This Christmas appeal will continue until the end of November, and John is urging people to join the Association and its Facebook group which has already started to come up with fundraising ideas. These include throwing a party with entertainment by local talent at the nearby Royal British Legion Club in Heswall, and everyone in the area saving and donating their loose change.
John adds, “As a group we’re hopeful we can make this work. If we can’t succeed this Christmas then I’m determined to make it happen next year, but if anyone can help right now please make contact through our Facebook page or email me at email@example.com.
“We’ve got a big tree thanks to funding from the Council and work by Councillor Mike Sullivan and the Pensby Library volunteers. It’s a good start. Now we need to make sure we can put lights on it and all over Pensby.”
John is also asking for help from LNT Construction, the developers who will build the 60 bed care home that will occupy the site of The Pensby Hotel next year.