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Doubts over whether Holywell 999 Day will go ahead

POLICE chiefs have confirmed they may reconsider plans to scrap a popular town centre event if the public want it.

Fears have been growing that Holywell’s annual 999 Day would be cancelled, which community leaders say would be a ‘major blow’.

In previous years the town’s High Street has been filled with flashing lights and uniforms during the special event as fire engines, police cars, ambulance staff and the coastguard’s hovercraft all gather to allow people to get a closer look at emergency vehicles and the people who save lives.

But this year’s summer event is shrouded in uncertainty and no date has yet been set.

Chief Inspector Dave Roome said: “Due to the impact of cuts we have to re-evaluate how to use our resources – particularly the neighbourhood policing teams. We have to consider whether this event is something we can support.”

He added: “Resources are precious and our PCSOs are immersed in tackling crime. These events take a lot of planning.

“If there are demands from the public we will look at it again.”

The blue light services event has been described as a ‘highlight’ in the town’s calendar.

Cllr Peter Curtis said: “It is a fun and educational event that gives people the chance to see what the emergency services really do. They would be silly not to run this event and it would be a shame if it didn’t happen this year.

“The 999 Day has become a feature of the town and residents have come to expect to see it happen. It also helps bring a lot of trade into the town centre.

“I personally love going to the 999 Day, it’s a great event, and I’ll be pushing for it to be held this year.”