The Roof Caves In On Long Melford As They Await Insurance Claim

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Long Melford have an anxious wait to discover if they club are entitled to an insurance pay-out.

The roof of their Stoneylands ground’s bar collapsed at the end of last week and now they are waiting to find out if the damage is covered in their policy.

Club officials arrived on Friday to see the severe damage. Days before, water was seen leaking through the roof but nobody at the the Thurlow Nunn League’s club expecting what they found.

Should the insurance not cover Long Melford, the bill is sure to run into thousands – money the Non-League club an ill afford.

Chairman Colin Woodford would not second guess the outcome after insurers visited the club on Friday, hours after they opened the door to see the devastation.

But should the insurance cheque not arrive then a fund will be set up to help pay for the repairs.

“Fortunately, the club has a secondary bar, so match day losses will be kept to a minimum, but, as well as repair costs, the club will also lose revenue from bookings in the hall which have had to be cancelled,” Woodford said.

“It is frustrating as repairing the building was not in the club’s long-term plans.”

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