A Clare roofing company stepped in to answer an SOS from Ipswich Town FC and ensure that an FA Cup match went ahead - preventing the club losing £30,000.
ELC Roofing took a call from the club on Friday, January 3, the day before it was due to play Preston North End in the FA Cup Third Round.
ELC owner, Edward Carlo, whose firm is based in Nethergate Street, explained: “We got a phone call at 12.30pm on the Friday.
“I was out Bury way and I went over there at about 2.30pm and assessed the situation, got a crane in on Saturday morning and two hours before the game got it sorted.
“They were just about to cancel the game.
“The actual stadium manager we dealt with said we saved them £30,000.
“They were very close to cancelling it, but we just got the job done in time.”
Ipswich Town supporter Mr Carlo was joined by employee Tom Creek in fixing a sky light in the roof of the East of England Co-op Stand that was moving free of its fixings.
The crane was supplied by Quinto Crane Hire, who like ELC Roofing, received a thank you from Ipswich Town’s stadium manager, Greg Pillinger in a story that appeared in the match-day programme for the QPR game last Saturday (Jan 11).
In the story, Mr Pillinger said: “Our thanks go to all the staff at both Quinto Crane Hire and ELC Roofing for going beyond the call of duty to ensure our game went ahead.”
To say thanks, Ipswich Town gave Mr Carlo an executive box for eight people for the QPR match, which unfortunately Town lost 3-1.