Members are praised for aiding Emsworth Sailing Club after car crash fire drama

The aftermath of the fire at Emsworth Sailing Club
The aftermath of the fire at Emsworth Sailing Club
Mandy Reeves, Hayley Charles and Samantha Bradbury with tinsel for the precinct Pictures: Vernon Nash

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‘DUNKIRK spirit’ has helped to get a fire-hit sailing club back on its feet.

Members at Emsworth Sailing Club have been praised for rallying round in the wake of the blaze last month.

A large working party of members turned out to clean up the damage.

Around 50 of them washed, scrubbed and polished some of the smoke-stained crockery, cutlery, glassware and silverware.

As reported, a Volvo car smashed into the north wall of the club after hurtling down Bath Road at an estimated 70mph at about 6.30am.

The car then burst into flames.

Clifford Caughey, 82, a club member from Emsworth, was arrested on suspicion of arson.

He was bailed by police until May 28, pending further inquiries.

Club Commodore Chris Clode said loss adjusters have appointed surveyors to carry out the repair work.

The club was only closed for four days because of the incident.

It is now fully up and running again, with no cancellations of any dinghy or cruiser events.

Rebuilding the damaged section of the building is expected to take up to three months.