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Club boss’ upset at Guild ‘snub’ claim

Disappointed: Dave Parks, pictured with some of the South Ribble Metal Detecting Clubs coins and a letter he sent to the council, says the club would have loved to have been part of the Guild

Disappointed: Dave Parks, pictured with some of the South Ribble Metal Detecting Clubs coins and a letter he sent to the council, says the club would have loved to have been part of the Guild

It has been widely hailed as one of the best celebrations in the city’s history.

But one Lancashire club today told of their disappointment, after claiming they were “snubbed” by organisers of Preston’s 2012 Guild.

The South Ribble Metal Detecting Club say they tried to contact Preston Council chiefs several times about displaying their huge collection of Guild coins and artefacts – some of them dating back to medieval times – at the event.

But, despite saying the event would have had huge interest to Prestonians, they claim they got no response to their efforts to get involved.

Club member Dave Parks said: “We were going to show the artefacts and coins right through the Guild ages on the theme of each Guild and important events at those times.

“We would have gone back to ‘92 and things from ‘52 and we would have written something about what was happening in ‘42 and then we would have gone as far back as you can possibly go.

“We have got medieval coins and we were going to let people touch them and have a look at what people would have been using in the shops and pubs then.

“It’s not like we were asking for money or anything, it would have brought some history.”

A representative from the council did visit the club, which has around 35 members, to see what they had to offer in February last year.

But the club claims after initial enthusiasm, they heard nothing more from Tow Hall bosses.

“Everybody thought it was a good idea, but they never got back to us,” added Mr Parks.

“It would have been a lovely display.

“Families would have loved to have seen the coins and we would only have needed a small stall.

“It is such a shame.

“I kept going to the Guild Hall office and asking to speak to them but they never got back to me.

“I must have gone three or four times, or more, and I got fed up in the end.”

A spokesman for Preston Council said the authority had been “inundated” with requests to take part in the 2012 Guild and it was not possible to accomodate all requests into the successful celebrations.

Council leader Coun Peter Rankin said: “We had thousands of people taking part in the Guild and hundreds of organisations, so I suppose some must have missed out.”

 

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