Bacup Borough are counting the cost after the storm that swept across the North West on Monday night caused damage at the Brian Boys West View Stadium.

The exposed nature of the ground left it at the mercy of the elements, and local residents raised the alarm when they noticed that the main stand roof was in danger of being completely ripped off.

The resulting damage led to the postponement of the home game against Prestwich Heys on safety grounds, and as Bacup manager Brent Peters explained, work now has to begin on carrying out the necessary repairs.

“The damage is pretty bad and caused real concern for the residents behind the ground on Grassmere Terrace. The stand roof was basically doing a Mexican Wave, very scary.

“The residents were putting lots of messages on social media desperate for someone to get hold of me.

“I got the call and went up with my son Martin and a local lad Martin McNulty, and we had to battle against the strong winds in order to ratchet the roof best we could.

“The wind was that strong it has twisted some iron supports and in places pulled them away from the wall.

“We now have a plan of action in place for the repairs.

“If it stays fine, then the work will not take too long, but it is the wind and rain or snow which will further prolong any work, and being situated where we are and the weather we constantly do get, it is difficult to assess”.


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