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Funding blow for fell rescue group as Broughton Game Show is to end
9:00am Saturday 27th October 2012 in Local news
An annual show that boosted the funds of the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association is to end.
Broughton Game Show’s committee took the “difficult” decision – which it blamed on rising costs, increasing health and safety demands and the vagaries of the British weather – last week.
The event, held in the grounds of Broughton Hall, was started 33 years ago as a way of raising money for the fell rescue group.
As it grew, the Cave Rescue Organisation also became involved, and over the years the show has raised £325,000, which has been shared between the two groups.
The event has had to be cancelled several times in recent years – most recently in 2009 – due to wet weather, and was not held this year due to a clash with the visit of the Olympic torch to Skipton.
A spokesman for Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association, saddened by the news, said: “There will obviously be a shortfall in the team’s income, and means are being looked at to replace the money raised by the show.”
One of the organisers of the show since its beginnings, Chris Baker, said: “We hope the public will understand the reasons behind this difficult decision, and would like to thank them for their support, and also the many volunteers, not directly connected with the rescue teams, without whom it could never have happened.”