Ipswich Lions end Portman Road car boot sales after 27 years and £250k for charity


A shot from the car boot sale at portman road car park every sunday

A shot from the car boot sale at portman road car park every sunday - Credit: citizenside.com

For the last 27 years the weekly Lions Club car boot sale has become a feature of Ipswich life on a Sunday morning.

But this weekend they will be holding their last sale at the Portman Road car park after raising more than £250,000 for charity.

The sales no longer make enough profit to make them worthwhile and the club has decided not to renew its lease with Ipswich Council which owns the car park.

A statement from the club said: “It is with regret that the Lions Club of Ipswich will no longer be putting on our Sunday car boot sale at Portman Road in Ipswich.

“Increasing competition from other sales during the spring and summer months has meant a loss of support from sellers during this time. This, coupled with the increasing running costs, means the club no long makes a profit and so we have decided not to renew our licence with the council.”


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The last sale starts at 8am on Sunday morning.

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