From Wayne Goward, secretary, Wingham District Rugby League Football Club
THE Wingham Tigers DRLFC wishes to respond to reports that damage at the Wingham Sporting Complex on Sunday night September 15 was deliberate or malicious.
The club conducted their end of season celebrations at the sporting complex on Sunday night and Monday which they have done for the last seven or eight years, we have held these celebrations at the sporting complex so the players can let their hair down and enjoy themselves without causing disruption in town.
We agree there was fire damage to four timber bollards, but it was caused by a bonfire burning too close to them, at no stage were these bollards deliberately set alight, we understand there was a fire ban in place but we thought that only applied to rural areas, we apologise for being naive in regards to this fire ban. The doors left near the fire were given to the club for the purpose of being used for the bonfire.
Yes there was a lot of rubbish lying around and garbage bins knocked over but this was all cleaned up by 4pm on the Monday afternoon and the remains of the bonfire was cleaned up on Tuesday morning.
We understand the fire brigade was called and we can appreciate the public's concern if they see a fire burning, we would like to thank the fire brigade for attending and also apologise to them for having to attend a false alarm.
The Wingham Tigers are in the process of making a donation to our local fire brigade unit as a thank you for all their hard work and their commitment to keeping our town safe.
The Wingham Tigers have put a lot of hard work and money into the Wingham Sporting Complex and along with Wingham Junior League have made a lot of improvements to the area.