Community spirit douses pain of football club fire

CHAIRMAN KEVIN TEMPLE LOOKS IN ON THE BURNT OUT SHELL OF THE CLUBS HUT.
CHAIRMAN KEVIN TEMPLE LOOKS IN ON THE BURNT OUT SHELL OF THE CLUBS HUT.
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Following last Tuesday’s devastating fire which wiped out some of the club’s most treasured possessions, Gala Fairydean Rovers FC have been overwhelmed by the response of the local community.

Offers of help for building work and financial support have been pouring in to the Netherdale club and an emergency committee meeting was held in the clubrooms on Sunday when the various issues surrounding the consequences of the blaze were discussed.

While any proposals have to be put on hold until the outcome of discussions with insurers, it was agreed to set up a special bank account entitled the Gala Fairydean Rovers Hospitality Suite Restoration Fund.

Club treasurer Susan Swan is collating the list of the many generous offers from individuals and local businesses and these will be acted upon and acknowledged as soon as possible.

A collection at the Gala RFC v Melrose match over the fence at Netherdale on Boxing Day raised in the region of £800.

A club spokesman said: “It has been fantastic how the local community has rallied round the club at this time.

“There are so many people the club wishes to thank it is difficult to know where to start.

“Early morning jogger Schan Doogan first spotted the smoke and ran straight up to the fire station to raise the alarm. His actions prevented the fire from spreading and causing even more damage to neighbouring cabins, so we are obviously very grateful to him.

“Offers of help came in as soon people realised the club had lost its hospitality suite which contained so many of the club’s old photographs and mementoes.

“The bank account details for the restoration fund will be made public as soon as possible and we will be in contact with the businesses who have made fabulous offers once discussions with the club’s insurers are completed. The club is extremely grateful for all the pledges that have been made so far.”

Meanwhile, it is business as usual with Selkirk visiting the 3G Arena for a Lowland League fixture on Saturday, with a 3pm kick-off.