December 10 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Fans of Suffolk singing sensation Ed Sheeran are being given a rare chance to own the ultimate piece of music memorabilia.
One lucky raffle winner could be hanging up a gold disc if their ticket is pulled out of the hat by the team behind a skate park renovation project in the star’s hometown.
Ed donated the much sought-after collectible to the Framlingham Area Youth Action Partnership (FAYAP) for the fundraising Midsummer Madness event in July. But organisers decided to keep hold of it for a special one-off raffle due to be drawn around Christmas.
The former Thomas Mills pupil turned smash hit singer was once a regular at the local youth club before finding worldwide celebrity and decided to give away the framed gold-plated album, which also includes Ed’s signature and photo.
The Framlingham Skate Park Fundraising Working Group are hoping to sell at least a thousand £1 tickets in books of five to raise money for their ongoing restoration project.
The skate park opened in 2007 thanks to the efforts of FAYAP and the town council. An impressive £80,000 was raised for the project and it proved a magnet for skaters, bikers and scooter users. But a health and safety inspection last year revealed some of the ramps were severely corroded and had to be dismantled.
The company that carried out the original work had since gone into liquidation – meaning that instead of being able to claim the damage against warranty, the town council had to spend £23,000 to refurbish as much as possible.
However, the half pipe, jump box and driveway were beyond repair and a minimum of £40,000 needs to be raised if the skate park is to be restored to its former glory. As a result, the working party was formed – made up of volunteers, town council members and the town clerk.
The group’s Angelika Grant said: “So far we’ve raised £2,200, while also raising the profile of the project quite considerably. We’re going out to the big funders with applications for the money we need.
“The skate park was, and still is very well used. Our goal is to rebuild it and we decided to do something special with the gold disc to raise some money.”
Raffle tickets are yet to go on sale, but anyone wishing to enter should check www.framlingham.com for more details, when they become available.