Again, I apologise for the late updates, and this ones a real bummer. The beloved, albeit rag tag, Clarence Booty is no more. The MOD have pulled the plug on ‘The Souths Biggest Car Boot Sale’ due to persistent damage to the sports field. This also comes after the closure of the Castle Field car boot after the PCC deemed it too ‘down market’…
Okay, it wasn’t the best car boot sale going, but it was a good way to spend an early Sunday morning. I’ve never come home with Antiques Roadshow gem, but I have had a lot of fun there and picked up many a random item for the house, and more than the odd camera or two. It will be missed by many.
An MoD spokesman said: ‘Car boot sales held at Clarence playing fields have damaged the surface of the sports pitches. As the Ministry of Defence will now be investing in its sports facilities there and upgrading the pitches to a better playing standard it therefore needs to withdraw the fields as a venue for the United Services Sports Club’s car boot sales. The MoD and Royal Navy continue to be fully supportive of the USSC and its other fundraising events but are no longer in a position to offer Clarence playing fields as a venue for car boot sales.’
But, there may be worthy silver on these clouds as traders and residents are campaigning to have the car boot reinstated. Cllr Margaret Foster, who ran a car boot from the event for over 20 years, said: ‘The sales didn’t cause any more damage to the field than the Royal Navy playing rugby or landing a helicopter on it, which is what its used for now.’
You can read the full article on their campaign over at The NEWS.