Football clubs revive car boot sales after demise of Arbroath SC

THE WEEKLY car boot sales that were organised by the now folded Arbroath SC are set to be revived by the town’s two other football clubs.

Both Arbroath FC and Arbroath Vics are to hold sales at their home grounds as they bid to cash in on the popularity of the ASC event which disbanded last month.

ASC dropped out of junior football after Angus Council ordered a huge hike on their £900 a year rent after the expiry of their 25-year lease at Seaton Park.

The council wanted a share of profits being made from the hugely popular Sunday morning car boot sale but ASC chiefs couldn’t reach an agreement and that market ended last month.

However, both the Vics and Arbroath FC are hoping they can increase their own revenues by holding the popular sales.

At Gayfield, the first event will be held on Sunday with some of the funds going towards the Lichties’ youth teams.

Admission will be priced at £7 for cars and £10 for vans.

Meanwhile, Vics, who are the second oldest junior side in the country, will have space for up to 80 sellers’ cars and 60 shoppers’ vehicles on Sunday, with charges for seller cars starting at £6 a pitch.

They will also have food available and believe they can fill their park with cars having enticed 60 sellers in their first two weeks of trading.

Vics secretary Neil Hardie said: “We are jumping on an opportunity created by the loss of ASC to the junior scene. If we don’t do a car boot sale, someone else will.

“The car boot sale at ASC was very popular and attracted people from all over the town and outwith Arbroath.

“We hope we can fill this gap in the market and use the money to bring our ground up to a better standard for the players and the fans.”

The car boot sale at Ogilvy Park opens at 8 a.m. on Sunday for sellers and 10 a.m. for buyers and will run to around 2 p.m.