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Wrexham evacuate fans from Father’s Day lunch after storm floods and damages stand

Wrexham had to evacuate fans from their Father’s Day lunch on Sunday after a storm floods and damages a stand at the Racecourse Ground.

Rainwater began pouring down the roof of as diners were tucking into a Father’s Day dinner with the menu which had three courses made up of roast Welsh beef with homemade cheese and onions pie and strawberry Eton Mess.

On Sunday, heavy rain and thunderstorms swept through the region with many roads flooded and rendered impassable.

@tomlogdude wrote: “Wrexham Lager and rainwater on tap at the 1864 suite father’s day dinner 🤣 Hope everyone was ok and the damage is not too bad. We had a storming evening ⛈️😜”



Storms at the League Two club’s stadium caused structural damage to Macron Stand and a soggy surprise to those who were sitting down to eat the £24.95 per head meal in the 1864 suite, before having to leave.

Social media footage showed guests leaving the building with water dripping through the ceiling.

A spokesman for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service state they were called out to 13 reports of flash-flooding in the area of Wrexham early on Sunday evening.



Wrexham AFC can confirm the 1864 Suite was evacuated during the third sitting of today’s Father’s Day meals at the Racecourse Ground.

In the wake of the torrential rain that hit the region late this afternoon, some structural damage has resulted in a large leak inside the Macron Stand reception area.

All diners were evacuated from the Suite on safety grounds, with the Fire & Rescue Services contacted. Everyone inside the stand at the time was successfully evacuated.

All guests who were part of the third sitting will be contacted by the Club, and we share their disappointment that – after two successful sittings – circumstances beyond our control have disrupted our plans for the evening.

We will assess the situation in the Macron Stand, to ensure we can get everything back up and running as soon as possible.


Jonathan Vautrey, a Met Office forecaster, said to the PA news agency: “Some places could see 40mm to 60mm of rain, even 80mm in some places, which is more than half a month’s worth of rainfall depending on where you are.

“That could cause some sudden flooding spray on roads which could cause some difficult travelling conditions over the next 24 hours.”

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Half a month’s rain has fallen in one hour in one location, in quite a few spots we’re seeing 15-20mm, even 30mm in an hour.

“There’s been quite a few storms embedded within that area of northern England, Northern Ireland and one or two in parts of Wales.

“It’s pretty torrential, 25 to 35mm in an hour is certainly going to cause some flooding problems, and there’s still potentially bad conditions to come.”

Flooding in Wrexham
(Photo: Nigel Williams / Daily Post)

This is what social media users said as Wrexham are forced to evacuate fans from their Father’s Day lunch after a storm floods and damages the stand…

@MeTheWifeWxm: So glad everyone is safe

@Annetteg1964: Aw!!! What a shame. Glad everyone is ok. I’m sure there would be plenty of volunteers to help clean up if needed.

@JoeEdws: Haven’t seen something cave in like that at The Racecourse since Notts County’s defence!

@welshwinny8: Was in there. Had to say didn’t really want to leave the Beef on plate as it was bloody beautiful

@Chris_De_Burger: Importantly everyone is safe & ultimately that’s all that counts.

@d6ale: Wow I was just there at 3pm 😳 gutted for everyone

@josh_wats09123: Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney spend some money on some tidy plumbing work and ceilings 🤣

@chelhumphreys: It’s *not* always Sunny in Wrexham ⛈️

@hoyageorge: That must have been scary. Glad everyone is ok. Guess we’ll need to add “new roof” to the Rob and Ryan 2023-24 construction punch list.

@Aidan1864: Roof caving in from the rain that’s slightly concerning

@stuharris85: Club staff are a credit, got everyone out as safely as they could. Just gutted as the starters had just arrived


@VictorJBurke: Glad everyone made it out safe.

@Cianevans280702: 🎶 Our famous old stadium’s crumbling down 🎶

@EwanTheDJ: Drove past it about half an hour ago, saw 2 fire engines, hope everything’s ok

@branalvere: Oh my that’s gonna be expensive

@AWoo73: Always Sunny in Wrecsam😁 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿⚽️❤️

@shelland2000: We were one of the families! Just want to say the evacuation was conducted very well and everyone was safely led out. Previous to this, we were enjoying a lovely meal with drinks.

@kerrymjones05: All safe but didn’t want to leave the roast 🥲

@CryptikConstruc: Looks like the next stand for renewal

Michelle Macdonald: Fair play, the club have already been in touch with us. Full refunds being given! 👍

Simon Picken: That was a serious deluge of rain, gutted for everyone there, not much could cope with that downpour. It will be twice as better next time.

Sally-Jane Taylor-Robinson: Everyone is out safe thankfully.my daughter was working there

Chris Jones: Bloody hell that’s crazy

Andrew Roberts: Having a meal there…part ceiling collapsed and water pouring in…right mess…. everyone evacuated….

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