THE Annual Programme Fair on Saturday at the Totally Wicked Stadium was an unqualified success with a large number of rugby league fans eager to snap up the items of memorabilia on offer.

It was a particular success for former barber Keith Melling, who made an astonishing £700 for the Steve Prescott Foundation after selling off the contents of his ‘rugby shrine’ in Spray Street.

“It was such a brilliant day all round and for me especially,” said Keith. “Just to see so many people, many who were customers of mine, who came to say hello and helped to raise this excellent amount, was quite a humbling experience. Everybody was so supportive and the event had such a positive vibe all round.”

Amongst the guests were former Saint Eric Prescott and Council Leader David Baines on what was a busy day at the Totally Wicked Stadium, with vaccinations in full swing and the new kit available in the Store.

“It was good to see the event revived after the Covid restrictions,” adds Alex Service from Saints Heritage Society. “A huge thank you to all who attended, with some stall holders travelling large distances to be there. The organisation on the day by the St Helens club was top notch too. Given such success, it is quite probable that we will be repeating the event in the New Year,” he added.