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Pavilion refurbishment and celebrations

Rod Henderson and young people at the opening of the refurbished pavilion

Rod Henderson and young people at the opening of the refurbished pavilion

New windows and doors, a new roof, boiler, kitchen and a major clearout has left Amble’s pavilion once again ready for action.  Grants totalling £29,360 came from The Big Lottery through Sport England, Amble Town Council, Amble Development Trust and Talk Talk.

The renovations to the former cricket pavilion at the Welfare were carried out by local builders Kelly Construction. and the building was opened by Rod Henderson on behalf of Amble footballers and Amble Development Trust.

“We’d always wanted Ronnie and Brenda Falkous to officiate” said Julia Aston director of Amble Development Trust who managed the project, “ due to their dedication to Amble football teams and the voluntary work they have done at the pavilion, but sadly they were unable to attend, so Rod stepped in on their behalf.

“At the same time we secured funding for a Hallowe’en event for the local skateboarders, so it seemed a good idea to combine the two.”

Paul Regan Mark Baines
Paul Regan Mark Baines

Two professional skateboarders, Paul Regan (above left) and Mark Baines (above right) visited the skatepark, demonstrating moves and sharing tips. A GoPro camera was used to capture video footage of some of our local action heroes and you can see the two minute video here:

Prizes of scooter and skateboard accessories were donated by Amble’s XIT games and there was a barbecue and music organised by Coquet Youth Team.

“Mark and I came up from Hull and Sheffield today to skate the park and meet the locals” said Paul Regan. “It was wet at first, but it dried out quickly and it’s a good skate. It’s a good skatepark and the locals are really friendly.”

Skateboarders, BMXers and scooter riders all enjoyed the day

Skateboarders, BMXers and scooter riders all enjoyed the day

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