Golf event rained off

MORPETH’S cash-strapped chamber of trade has suffered another setback after its annual Golf Day was rained off.

The event is one of the main fund-raisers for the business group, which uses the cash generated to go towards projects such as Christmas lights, floral displays and Market Place entertainment.

And this year, there was more need than ever for a successful Golf Day as the chamber has lost most of its money in a suspected theft.

However, torrential rain meant the course was unplayable for the first time in the event’s 25-year history.

It has now been rescheduled for Friday, September 14, and it is hoped that some funds will still be raised.

Organiser Geoff Proudlock said: “The bad news is that Golf Day was rained off for the first time in 25 years and we took a £1,100 hit on that because the food had to be paid for.

“It has been postponed and all of the teams are willing to go forward to the postponed event.

“It won’t make the £3,000 to £3,500 now that we hoped it would, but it will still make money.”

Chamber Chairman John Beynon urged members to seek additional teams for the rescheduled event to help make up the shortfall.