22 February 2018 0858 GMT
Weymouth’s Punch and Judy has been a summer spectacle for over 130 years but nowadays the current professor is asking for the public’s help to make sure that it stays open for performances beyond 2018.
Up until 2016 Mark Poulton was able to perform a ‘full’ summer season working 7 days a week (weather permitting) from the end of May until early September. Since then he has found it is now only viable to work the school summer holidays. However, the annual expenses remain the same, so Weymouth Punch and Judy have come up with a 3-point plan to ensure Mark can afford to continue with the show after the 2018 summer season.
They are asking everyone who enjoys the shows, visitors and locals alike, to become involved in our campaign to SAVE MR PUNCH.
Mark explains although we will be seeking help and support from W&P Borough Council, local traders and businesses we need the support of the local community and visitors too.
Your donation will go toward additional expenses in running the show, including:
• Maintenance of the puppets and the stage
• Secure storage of the stage and other equipment when not in use
• Cost of site for the camper van
• Day to-day expenses while in Weymouth
Perhaps, more importantly, the success of the “Go Fund Me” campaign will demonstrate the strength of support from the local and visitor communities when we seek sponsorship from local businesses and from the Council for the 2019 season and beyond.
The go fund me page set up by Mark has now reached the milestone of £1000.