Dogs’ track dream may finally be over

A LEIGH greyhound enthusiast’s dream to turn Westhoughton Greyhound Stadium into a top-flight racing facility appears to be over.

The Wigan Road site has been forced to close just months after Jason Seddon announced a £100,000 revamp of the facilities to try and compete with the famous Belle Vue track in Manchester.

Mr Seddon had secured a 20-year lease on the site last March, and £30,000 was spent improving the track last year.

However, a statement on the company’s website, written by Mr Seddon, reads: “It is with sincere regret that I must advise that the stadium is now closed. Due to numerous issues it is no longer an option to continue to operate the stadium. I would like to thank all those who have supported the track and genuinely wanted it to succeed.”

Mr Seddon had hoped to turn the venue into a family-friendly facility, with a cafe and licensed bar on site.

Plans had also been mooted to increase spectator seating from around 500 to 1,000.

Enthusiasts paid tribute to the track on greyhound racing websites, sharing their memories of the sport in Lancashire.

One poster on Greyhound Knowledge Forum said: “The work Jason and his family put into that track was staggering and they have tried their best to make it work - great shame.”

Another poster wrote: “Real shame about Westie, not one flap left in Lancs now, more’s the pity.”