A COACH operator has paid a parking fine handed out to a junior football club as it was raising cash to play in a tournament in Devon.
Carvers Coaches, based in Ellesmere Port, came up with the cash after the Pioneer revealed last month how Rossway United U12s' manager Allan Brown was hit with the £30 fine in Asda car park.
Mr Brown had taken his team to the store for a fundraising day and forgotten the pay-and-display fee.
Despite being assured by the parking attendant that the borough council would almost certainly refund the charge three separate appeals have been rejected.
Mr Brown even asked the council to refund the money to the club's travel fund rather than to himself but officials said it was not possible because the terms of their contract do not allow it.
With £900 still needed to cover the cost of the trip to the Sports Tours invitational tournament over the May Day weekend in Woolacombe, the kind gesture by Carvers Coaches is a welcome boost for the club.
Rossway United treasurer Joanna Pemberton said: 'After reading the article in the Pioneer Mark Carver from Carvers Coaches offered to cover the cost of the fine.
'He was really annoyed about the council's attitude over this matter.
'He suffered a similar thing when he was caught out at a business meeting which over ran the expected time. He too appealed and lost.
'We are very grateful to him, especially as Carvers have also offered to sponsor one of the races at our forthcoming race night at Capenhurst Sports & Social Club.'
Pemberton Transport Ltd is paying for the team's new strip when they compete in the tour nament.