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Co-op fund-raising car boot in Leek now to be at Sainsburys

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Car boot sale organiser Cynthia Lubacz bidding farewell to the Co-operative car park.

Car boot sale organiser Cynthia Lubacz bidding farewell to the Co-operative car park.

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A new supermarket location has been found for a long-running charity car boot sale in Leek.

The weekly event, which is organised by fund-raising stalwart Cynthia Lubacz, has been at the Buxton Road site of the current Co-operative Food Store, in Leek, for 12 years.

It was at the former Co-op site off Brook Street prior to that, and at Safeway (now Morrisons) off Newcastle Road, before then.

The need for a relocation comes as Co-operative Food in Buxton Road shuts its doors for good on Saturday, March 29, before the site is turned into a Waitrose store.

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Cynthia confirmed that Sainsbury's, at the former Churnet Works off Macclesfield Road, was to be the car boot sale's new home.

She said: "We are very grateful that Sainsbury's has offered us a designated area of their car park on Sunday mornings to be able to continue with our popular car boots.

"We have had many happy years on the car park at Co-op, raising more than £27,000 for animal charities over those years."

The fund-raising car boot sale originated in the early 1990s and was the brainchild of the late Bromley Cleaver when he retired as sales director of Arrow Printing and Packaging. After his death in 1996, his partner Cynthia, and cousin, John Burrows, continued to run the bargain-hunters' events.

Cynthia held her final car boot at the Co-operative site on Sunday, March 23, and will taking a week's break before hosting her first car boot at Sainisbury's on Sunday, April 6.

Events will run every week, except for Easter Sunday, April 20, through to November 30, when they will stop for a winter break.

Sellers are invited to set up from 7am and leave at midday. Buyers are invited to browse the car boots from 7.30am until 11.30am.

Julie Hatton, manager at Leek Sainsbury's said: "We are pleased to be able to support this charity event as it is a good cause."

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