BBQ raised €15,000 for festive lights

THE weather may not have cooperated, but Wexford town's first ever Midsummer barbeque was still a big success last week, with just over €15,000 raised for the town's festive lighting fund.

This amount is half of the estimated total needed to revamp the town's festive lighting. Funds were raised from the sale of tickets to the event, raffle tickets sold on the evening and profit on beverages sold in The Centenary Stores.

The Midsummer barbeque was originally due to take place in Trimmers Lane, however due to abundant rain the bad weather contingency plan was put into action and the barbeque was move to The Centenary Stores.

Despite a number of heavy rain showers, the weather was not enough to deter an estimated 500 people from attending the event. From 6.30 pm people dropped in to enjoy tasty burgers sponsored by Pettitt's SuperValu, cooked and served by staff from Greenacres and Taste Restaurant.

The crowd were also treated to '90s-themed band Smash Hits, sponsored by Sam McCauley Chemists. During the event a raffle was held to help boost fundraising with great prizes donated by Sports Savers, Joeleen Codd Photography, O'Brien's Sandwich Bar, Wexford Swimming Pool & Leisure Centre and eMobile.

The Midsummer barbeque was the first in a series of events planned to help raise funds. For information on events or queries on festive lighting please email wexfordretailers@gmail.com.

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