Pub to host a fundraiser for Wharfside flats

Fire at Wharfside Apartments
Fire at Wharfside Apartments

A PUB at the heart of the community where a fire ripped through an apartment block is to host a fund-raising weekend for those who helped in the relief effort.

The Honeysuckle in Poolstock, which is a stone’s throw away from the Wharfside flats by Wigan Pier, will hold two days of music and comedy.

All funds raised will go towards the Salvation Army, which came to the rescue during the blaze, and the Firefighters’ Charity.

Landlord Carl Isaacs said: “Lance Crooks, a local Elvis impersonator, has taken it upon himself to put on a great night next Friday with plenty of local artists.

“Pam Shaw will be compering then we’ve got other acts such as Lee Anthony, Paul Bainbridge and lots of others.

“It should be a fantastic night. The money we’ve raised will be going to the Salvation Army and the Firefighters’ charity.

“We have a lot of regulars from the flats who have been in since the fire and they all can’t speak highly enough of the work they’ve done.

“We’re obviously so close so we know how the fire has affected the community, it’s been absolutely devastating. Thankfully everyone got out ok and only a few apartments have been ruined. It’s still been horrific though and we wanted to do anything we could to show our support.”

As well as the music night next Friday, the pub will also host a special comedy night on the Saturday.

The weekly event will this time see half the money raised go towards the charities.

Investigations into the fire, which happened last Sunday in the early hours, are still ongoing.

The top two floors of the block where the fire took hold was demolished last week.

Residents from the least affected part of the apartments could return to their homes within the next two weeks but it could be up to a year for those in the worst affected part.