A BUSINESSMAN has bailed out a group of local morris dancers whose future had been put at risk by mindless vandals.
Gary Shorrock has offered the Hag Fold troupe free and secure parking for their distinctive double decker bus which is being repeatedly targeted by yobs.
Following the unsuccessful campaign to keep his commercial lorry Park in Leigh, owner Mr Shorrock decided that he needed to “pick himself up and start all over again.”
He risked all his savings and raised a mortgage to buy the old Hodgson’s Engineering site on Guest Street in the centre of Leigh.
Unfortunately these premises proved not to be large enough to re-open as an HGV base and his larger customers faced having to make alternative arrangements and re-locate their businesses elsewhere, or find alternative sites to park their vehicles.
Since Mr Shorrock took over the site he has helped to create employment opportunities for 25 people, the same number that had previously been employed by Hodgson’s Engineering before it went into liquidation two years ago.
Mr Shorrock said: “Many of the smaller local businesses that had relied on the lorry park in Leigh for many years were forced to close, following its closure early this year, to make way for the Leigh to Manchester Guided Busway.
“Due to the closure of the lorry park the double decker bus used by the Hag Fold Morris Dancers had no secure place to park, however we have now agreed that they can continue to park their vehicle at the new Guest Street location and better still at no cost.”
Secretary of Hag Fold Morris Dancers Ellen Bullough said: “Without the generosity of Gary and his understanding of our plight I don’t know what we’d have done.
“The lorry park in Leigh was the only location we’ve used where we felt that the bus was 100 per cent secure and free from any threat from vandals. We would like to thank Gary for all his help.”