Organisers of Darwen 1940s Day slam council for lack of support

FINAL NOTE? Songstress Linda Dee enterained the crowd at the town's ‘Forties Day’ on the market square on Saturday.

FINAL NOTE? Songstress Linda Dee enterained the crowd at the town's ‘Forties Day’ on the market square on Saturday.

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

ORGANISERS of Darwen’s annual 1940s Day celebration say they will scrap the event after claiming they have received little support from the town council.

The event, which took place last weekend, was hailed a success by councillors and organisers.

But representatives of the Soldier Support Group, which has organised the event for the past three years, said they were ‘really disappointed’ with the council’s input.

At a town council meeting, Wyn Godfrey, from the group, said: “We were really disappointed with the lack of town councillors who attended. We are not doing it again.

“The town council is supposed to be there supporting these events but only one of them could be bothered to turn up.”

Mrs Godfrey said the group was grateful to town council mayor Eileen Entwistle who did go to the event.

She said: “We would like to thank Eileen and her daughter who opened the event and spent all day there. Their support was really appreciated.

“I would also like to thank former town council deputy chairman Steve Duncan who allocated £1,000 to the event.”

Mrs Godfrey acknowledged that councillors Brian Taylor and Stephanie Brookfield would have attended but were unable to visit on the day.

However, Coun Roy Davies said weekends were for councillors to spend time with families. He said: “I work very hard, as I know many of my colleagues do, around my ward. I am available seven days a week for people to speak to.

“There are events all over the place that we try to attend but we have to see our families as well.”

Mrs Godfrey said: “I’m not saying he can’t spend time with his family, but this is only once a year and if he can’t make it, it is a poor do.”

Mayor Eileen Entwistle said it was a good event. She said: “I am really disappointed and I hope they reconsider. It was a really good day and it brought a lot of people in from out of town.”

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1:41pm Thu 13 Sep 12

makaveli96 says...

Support?

There are people who are from Darwen that support Rovers??

Surely the should support there own, Darwen FC at the Anchor???
Support? There are people who are from Darwen that support Rovers?? Surely the should support there own, Darwen FC at the Anchor??? makaveli96
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1:54pm Thu 13 Sep 12

louderfasterlonger says...

Perhaps Mrs Godfrey should have attended the Pedal Car Grand Prix the week before. Working in the pouring rain was Cllrs Evans, East, Hollings, Entwistle. Also attended by Cllrs Smith, Maxfield, Browne and BwDBC Cllrs Smith and Groves.
Not exactly workshy whether during the week, weekend or bank holidays.
Perhaps Mrs Godfrey should have attended the Pedal Car Grand Prix the week before. Working in the pouring rain was Cllrs Evans, East, Hollings, Entwistle. Also attended by Cllrs Smith, Maxfield, Browne and BwDBC Cllrs Smith and Groves. Not exactly workshy whether during the week, weekend or bank holidays. louderfasterlonger
  • Score: 3

2:03pm Thu 13 Sep 12

b12simon says...

Sounds like a strop to me. Go on then, take your ball home.
Sounds like a strop to me. Go on then, take your ball home. b12simon
  • Score: 4

3:01pm Thu 13 Sep 12

Mothernature says...

Maybe, like me, they have found the event has become stale. Same performer (whilst she is good, it's the same old thing) and very little variety to previous events.
Maybe, like me, they have found the event has become stale. Same performer (whilst she is good, it's the same old thing) and very little variety to previous events. Mothernature
  • Score: 2

3:21pm Thu 13 Sep 12

mavrick says...

Perhaps it is time to move on from the 1940s, I think a lot of these events have run out of steam and belong in the history books.
Perhaps it is time to move on from the 1940s, I think a lot of these events have run out of steam and belong in the history books. mavrick
  • Score: 1

3:40pm Thu 13 Sep 12

gutterpress says...

As we speak, Roy Davies and crew are clearing rubbish from the back streets in Sudell. How many rubbish clearing activities has Mrs Godfrey attended over the years?
As we speak, Roy Davies and crew are clearing rubbish from the back streets in Sudell. How many rubbish clearing activities has Mrs Godfrey attended over the years? gutterpress
  • Score: 4

3:58pm Thu 13 Sep 12

Progressive Penguin says...

Perhaps Mrs Godfrey should look at her promotion of the event. I'm not usually behind on events in Darwen, but I didn't know the it was happening until 5pm on the saturday afternoon. By contracts the Pedal Car Grand Prix I'd known about for weeks.

The tone of this smacks of someone trying to blame others for their own failings
Perhaps Mrs Godfrey should look at her promotion of the event. I'm not usually behind on events in Darwen, but I didn't know the it was happening until 5pm on the saturday afternoon. By contracts the Pedal Car Grand Prix I'd known about for weeks. The tone of this smacks of someone trying to blame others for their own failings Progressive Penguin
  • Score: 2

4:33pm Thu 13 Sep 12

sudellresident says...

Its a shame Mrs Godfrey doesn't consider the work that Roy Davies does voluntary for his ward. Only last week I saw him out litter picking. The difference being Roy doesn't complain when Mrs Godfrey didn't join him! Maybe next time, Mrs Godfrey would consider all the work that Roy does without expecting to be in the Telegraph about it.

The event secured £1,000 from the council and the support of at least one councillor. Mrs Godfrey should spend more time being grateful for what she did receive and less time being critical of people of who's lives she knows nothing about.
Its a shame Mrs Godfrey doesn't consider the work that Roy Davies does voluntary for his ward. Only last week I saw him out litter picking. The difference being Roy doesn't complain when Mrs Godfrey didn't join him! Maybe next time, Mrs Godfrey would consider all the work that Roy does without expecting to be in the Telegraph about it. The event secured £1,000 from the council and the support of at least one councillor. Mrs Godfrey should spend more time being grateful for what she did receive and less time being critical of people of who's lives she knows nothing about. sudellresident
  • Score: 4

4:11pm Fri 14 Sep 12

ireneroberts says...

My husband and I have travelled from Wigan for the past two Darwen 1940s events and thoroughly enjoyed them. I assure you the 1940s events have NOT run out of steam; we attend them all over the place and if anything I would say they are growing. I will be very sorry if the Darwen event folds.
My husband and I have travelled from Wigan for the past two Darwen 1940s events and thoroughly enjoyed them. I assure you the 1940s events have NOT run out of steam; we attend them all over the place and if anything I would say they are growing. I will be very sorry if the Darwen event folds. ireneroberts
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