Generous Clarets efforts are rewarded

Members of Earby Clarets and Earby town councillors in the 'Clarets Corner'.
Members of Earby Clarets and Earby town councillors in the 'Clarets Corner'.

A Burnley Football Club supporters group has seen its decade long generosity recognised after handing over a huge six figure sum to good causes in that time.

The Earby Clarets has donated £350,000 to Earby Town Council and charitable and good causes in the Craven and Pendle area in a 12-year period with money raised through its Lucky Four weekly lottery.

Coun. Vera Cocker, Coun. Morris Horsfield and Coun. Chris Tennant with the newly acquired ride-on mower at Earby Town Council's open day and 800th anniversary Magna Carta celebration.

Coun. Vera Cocker, Coun. Morris Horsfield and Coun. Chris Tennant with the newly acquired ride-on mower at Earby Town Council's open day and 800th anniversary Magna Carta celebration.

On Saturday, the group’s indulgence was marked by Earby Town Council with a newly refurbished seating area in a section of the town’s bus station being named Clarets Corner.

Chairman of Earby Clarets, John Little, said: “We’ve given Earby Town Council quite a lot of money over the years towards various projects which we think is a good thing because it’s our town.

“We’ve also donated money to charities in Pendle and Craven but it is always local.

“We don’t make anything from it other than covering costs of printing tickets and its the generosity of local people who buy them which keeps it going.”

The doors of Earby Town Council’s Victoria Road rooms were also open as part of a celebration event to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

All the town council’s machinery was on display with the newly acquired ride-on mower and JCB proving to be the star attractions for photos.

Earby and District Local History Society put up an excellent exhibition alongside the town council’s on the council make-up and hearty “Liber-teas” of scones, jam and cream were served up to the many who attended.

Earby Town Council’s Coun. Vera Cocker said the new area was just a small public recognition of the Clarets’ continuing work.

Coun. Cocker said: “We had a great day. The work they do is amazing and the amount is staggering.

“This was just a small way from Earby Town Council to say thank you to Earby Clarets Supporters Club for all their wonderful help to so many local groups and organisations over the years.”