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Emley Moor Mast: Win a trip to the top of the tower in charity auction!

Emley Clarence Cricket Club hopes the rare offer will boost its fundraising drive

A cricket club has taken its fundraising drive to new heights, by offering the chance to ascend Emley Moor Mast.

Two tickets are on offer for a once in a lifetime opportunity to take in the view from the top of the 1,084ft television mast.

Emley Clarence Cricket Club is looking to raise about £25,000 for work to refurbish and extend the changing rooms at the Welfare Ground, in Upper Lane.

A number of local companies have contributed to the fundraising, and when the club approached Arqiva, the firm that runs the Emley Moor mast, it offered the two tickets.

The club has put them on the auction site eBay, and by Tuesday afternoon bidding had reached £385. Click here to see the auction.

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The auction finishes on Sunday evening, and whoever wins will receive the tickets, which will be valid until April 30.

The only stipulation is that you must be over 16 to go up the mast.

See pictures of Emley Moor Mast over the years below

Not many people have had the chance to ascend the mast, but one who has is cricketer Freddie Flintoff who scaled the heights as part of a television series last year.

Actor Robbie Coltrane has also been up the mast, where the ascent in a lift takes about seven minutes.

Emley Clarence president Mike Onions said the club’s changing rooms were built in the mid 1980s and need extending.

“They replaced an old wooden pavilion on the other side of the field, and we are looking to improve them and extend.

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“The trip up the mast is a very exciting offer.

“It’s not something everyone would fancy, but it’s a rare opportunity and would be a real treat for someone.”

Watch the clouds zooming by on our photographer's timelapse video

The cricket club is about 127 years old, but its name is still a puzzle.

Mr Onions said: “People have looked into it to try to find out why it is called Clarence but no one has ever come up with a definitive answer.”



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