A small Preston charity with a big heart welcomed a surprise guest to the official opening of its new Club 98 … the Deepdale Duck.
The Preston North End mascot was the VIP guest at the official opening of Spire Preston’s weekly club night for people with learning disabilities .
The mascot had been invited along for the first Spire social at a new venue, Glovers Bar, because many of the people Spire supports are keen PNE fans.
Club 98 at 43, Glovers Court, Preston, will be held each Wednesday from 6.30pm – 9pm and offers those with learning disabilities an opportunity to socialise and enjoy a night out in a bar with music, karaoke and a weekly raffle.
The event, which was formerly known as Kolor Bar, has moved from the Bull and Royal.
Its new name was chosen by the club goers as a tribute to the Spire charity, which was founded in 1998.
Adam Karodia, senior support worker with Spire Preston Ltd, which is based at Derby House, Lytham Road, Fulwood, said: “It is a big event in the learning disability calendar. People look forward to it.”
Spire manager Susie Lowde said the event was especially important because people with learning disabilities can struggle to access bars for a night out and this is an opportunity to see friends, socialise and feel safe.
Those attending can come alone or with a parent, friend or carer and many travel from a wide area, including Blackpool, Chorley, South Ribble and Wigan.
Susie added :“One of the benefits of having things like Club 98 is because there are so many funding cuts happening at the moment and people in general are having their care packages reduced. This offers an opportunity where people can get out themselves and feel safe in doing so. Things like this are essential in the current climate of social care.”