A PRESTWICK group who had their Hallowe’en event axed by the council just a day before it was scheduled to go ahead were left with hundreds of unused decorations and sweets.

The spooky trail planned to take place on St Cuthbert’s golf course last month was cancelled after Environmental Health feared it would break coronavirus restrictions.

We told how organisers were left fuming with the last minute decision as a war of words erupted.

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But the dedicated volunteers who had put together a memorable night for excited kids still worked hard to ensure children weren’t completely left out.

Five-hundred of pre-packed sweet bags that were due to be handed out at the trail were instead delivered to local kids, with donations collected for local charity Whiteleys Retreat, and hundreds of the sweet bags going to South Ayrshire Foodbank.

Volunteer Peter Raw who organised the drop off, told the Advertiser: “Once we came down from our disgust and anger, we put a post up on the page to ask if people know anyone who had kids who weren’t going to get anything for Hallowe’en to send us a message.

“We delivered the sweets and went round with buckets for Whiteleys.

“It was great to do something. We didn’t want the local kids to miss out completely, I didn’t want to let the charity down either.

Organiser Cyvonne Bradley, 39, said:“The whole idea was to do something nice and memorable for the kids. We were doing this for Whiteleys Retreat as well. A lot of businesses got involved including the Taj and Sainsbury’s, donating decorations and sweeties.

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Organisers have been left with hundreds of unused decorations which they planned to set up along the spooky trail.

Cyvonne said: “My mum and some elderly ladies used their pension money to make sure kids got their sweets. We had 50 light up balloons, hanging ghosts, wee things to hang in the trees as well.”

Peter added: “I think even though our event was cancelled, the community spirit was strengthened even more so.

“Some parents sent pictures of their kids dressed up in costumes eating their sweets, it was great to see that and raise a fantastic amount.

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