Projects go head to head for cash

VOTE, vote, vote - that was the cry today from supporters of two projects for young people in east Suffolk trying to win £80,000.Felixstowe and Wickham Market are due to go head-to-head tonight in ITV's lottery-funded People's Millions show.

VOTE, vote, vote - that was the cry today from supporters of two projects for young people in east Suffolk trying to win £80,000.

Felixstowe and Wickham Market are due to go head-to-head tonight in ITV's lottery-funded People's Millions show.

But dialling should already be frantically underway as the telephone numbers to call to vote were revealed today.

People can ring the telephone numbers to register their support up to midnight - and each person is allowed to ring up to ten times. The project getting the most votes gets the cash.

At Felixstowe, the Splashing Out project run by parents, current and former pupils, teachers and friends of Colneis Junior School is hoping to win a grant for their £125,000 scheme to refurbish their disused swimming pool.

Wickham Market is pleading with people to help make its sporting dream come true - needing £94,000 for three new tennis courts on the Simon's Cross playing field.

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The courts will be available for pay and play, and equipment will be available for hire for people wanting tennis tasters. Plans are also under way for a village tennis club.

Splashing Out project chairman Brian Clark said the chance to win was very good odds - especially as the best runner up from the week's nightly votes would also get their bid granted.

He said today would be frantic as the group tried to get everyone to call the programme and vote.

Wickham Market Partnership trustee Jacquie Errington said: “As soon as we know the number we'll get it out on posters, signs and leaflets around the area.”

To support the Felixstowe scheme people should ring 08702 405401, and to vote for Wickham Market 08702 405402.

Tomorrow will see Ipswich's Town And Bridge Community Garden project to renovate a number of vacant plots at Stoke Bridge and Maidenhall Allotments to create a community garden battle it out against the West Store Community Shop project to open a village shop at Sproughton.

What do you think of the projects? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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