Clitheroe trader shows true spirit of Xmas

Tony Gould entertains at St Luke and St Philip's Primary School's Christmas party. (s)
Tony Gould entertains at St Luke and St Philip's Primary School's Christmas party. (s)
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A shopkeeper from Clitheroe showed the true spirit of Christmas by spontaneously donating goodies to a school for its children’s party.

Tony Gould, of Party People, Castlegate, provided a box of goodies after Clitheroe resident Ian Carrington, who teaches at St Luke and St Philip’s Primary School at Blackburn, popped into his shop.

Mr Carrington explained that the school has a tiny budget for its children’s Christmas party and that he had gone into Party People with just a tenner.

But to his astonishment, Tony Gould, who is also the president of Clitheroe Chamber and Trade and Commerce, immediately retreated to the back of his shop and came out laden with a box of goodies.

However, this tale of festive generosity doesn’t stop there, with Tony, who often gets mistaken for actor Jim Carrey and can often be seen around town sporting colourful attire, turning up in person at the school on the day of the party.

“He was dressed like a crazy clown and had his amazing balloon making kit with him,” said Mr Carrington, who had helped organised the party for 60 of the primary school’s children.

“He also had a car full of 15 huge boxes of chocolates, 15 huge boxes of assorted biscuits, 200-plus packets of crisps and a few more assortments. It was amazing.

“He entertained the kids all afternoon with his balloon magic and I’m sure the children will be eating happily well into the New Year.

“What a fantastic gesture. The true spirit of Christmas is alive and kicking in Clitheroe. We are very thankful indeed.”

When The Clitheroe Advertiser contacted Party People, modest Tony explained that together with his wife Sue they had decided they had to do more to help Mr Carrington out: “We’d decided not to give each other Christmas presents this year and what money we would’ve spent on each other we decided would be better spent on these kids,” said Tony.

Tony and Sue also used funds from an online business, EPF Wholesale Ltd, that they run jointly with another couple who were also happy to help.