Inaugural Flintshire wartime weekend to be a tribute to Brian

Reporter:

Matt Jones

THE inaugural Shotton Wartime Weekend will honour a well-known community stalwart.

Fundraiser Brian Allsopp, of Connah’s Quay, died in 1990 aged 44 after he collapsed during the Deeside Festival and organisers have revealed that this weekend’s event, which is expected to attract scores of visitors, will be held in tribute to the former Shotton steelworker.

Organiser George Sharland, from the Military Vehicle Trust, said: “Brian was a very community spirited man. He organised Deeside Festival for years. He started it and made it successful. It attracted about 25,000 people a year.

“He did a lot for charity and he was well-respected and liked in the area. He did things not for financial gain. If he was alive today he would like to get involved and make it a success. To hold it in his honour was an easy decision.”

After Mr Allsopp’s death tributes were paid describing him as a tireless and enthusiastic voluntary worker.

The three-day event will get under way on Friday and is expected to provide a boost to the local economy.

Attractions will include a convoy of military vehicles through Shotton, Connah’s Quay and Queensferry, a family funfair, a vintage dance on Friday and Saturday night, a free firework display on Saturday night, military recreation and vintage fire engines.

Mr Sharland said it is hoped the event could grow to become one of the best in North Wales.

“We are hoping it is going to be a fantastic event,” he said. “It is going to be fun for all the family. This year is a tester event and next year we are going to have a fly-over with vintage aircraft.

“We are trying to get local shops involved by putting up decorations. We are expecting a lot of people to come and stay in the area. A similar event in Manchester attracts 20,000 visitors.”

Shotton Wartime Weekend will be held at Corus Sports and Social Club, Rowleys Drive, Shotton and starts at 6pm on Friday and from noon on Saturday and Sunday.

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