Coal Clough traders’ Christmas market raises £1,200 for charity

Members of Coal Clough Traders' Association present a cheque for �600 to the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley which was raised from their Christmas market. A100112/1

Members of Coal Clough Traders' Association present a cheque for �600 to the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley which was raised from their Christmas market. A100112/1

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A KIND-HEARTED group of small businesses from Burnley helped raise £1,200 with a festive market.

The Coal Clough Traders’ Association hosted the special street market in the run up to Christmas.

There were a host of stalls, festive food and a visit from Father Christmas and the community event proved a huge success despite terrible weather conditions. Members of the association presented a £600 cheque to the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley at the town hall which goes to the Mayor’s charity Pendleside Hospice.

The other £600 will be donated to The Christie hospital in Manchester in February. The son of Coal Clough News owner Ian Whitehead was treated on a specialist children’s unit there for a brain tumour when he was 10.

Peter Harrison, who runs the Post Office in Coal Clough Lane, said: “The market was a fantastic success. The weather was absolutely shocking. It was such a bad day that we didn’t think we would do anything. But the response was amazing and when it started everyone came out to support us. We want to thank everyone involved. It was a real team effort and it brought the community together.”