Hard work pays off as play park opens

Coun Steven Bridgett cuts the ribbon at the opening of the new play area in Thropton on Saturday.
Coun Steven Bridgett cuts the ribbon at the opening of the new play area in Thropton on Saturday.
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RESIDENTS gathered to see the grand opening of a long-awaited play area in their village on Saturday.

In February 2010, a Thropton youngster, Daniel Brown, held a bring-and-buy sale with the aim of sorting out the playfield, which was prone to flooding.

(Left to right) Gordon Marsden, Ian Anderson, Christine, Coun Steven Bridgett, Chris Foggon and Ann Winter, clerk to the parish council with Aaron Snaith and Adam Brown.

(Left to right) Gordon Marsden, Ian Anderson, Christine, Coun Steven Bridgett, Chris Foggon and Ann Winter, clerk to the parish council with Aaron Snaith and Adam Brown.

That first sale was attended by nearly the whole village and £1,300 was raised.

Project Manager Ian Anderson got involved to raise funds for the £24,000 project, which received a huge boost when ward member for the area Coun Steven Bridgett put in £20,000.

After Saturday’s opening, Mr Anderson said: “It was a very successful project which has taken a long time.

“We had a very successful opening, with a real party atmosphere. It was great.”

Ian Anderson Project Manager, Daniel Brown School boy who started the project off, Steven Bridgett, Northumberland Councillor.

Ian Anderson Project Manager, Daniel Brown School boy who started the project off, Steven Bridgett, Northumberland Councillor.

Coun Bridgett said: “The Thropton Play Area is one of the two main projects that residents of Thropton have told me since I was elected that they would like for the village and I am pleased I have been able to provide some funding towards this.

“However, the real credit must go to the Friends of Thropton Playfield and Thropton Parish Council who have put the hard work into the project.”