A DESPERATE appeal for help to repair a swimming pool car park after the recent stormy weather was answered within hours.

Members of Wigton Baths Trust pleaded with people on Facebook, as bad weather had seen the car park deteriorate, becoming extremely muddy with cars getting stuck and churning up more mess. It was chaos between lessons.

The Facebook appeal asked for hardcore and/or quarry waste to lay on the ground. In a matter of hours, a local building and groundwork contractor, Reece Lapping, came forward offering to repair the car park for free.

R & D R Studholme, agricultural contractor, also volunteered to work for free on Sunday, supplying a tractor and trailer to transport the hardcore.

Alan Pitcher, honorary president of Wigton Baths Trust, said: “The support our pool gets from the community is absolutely brilliant and heartwarming.

“This is the good side of Facebook and the power of a strong community.”

On Sunday, Reece Lapping and Dion Studholme worked for seven hours to repair the damaged car park, scraping off the mud before laying the hardcore and flattening it.

“This is our little town at its best, two blokes working hard, free of charge,” added Mr Pitcher.