It’s all play here!

Opening of the Acklington Play Area.'Sir Alan Beith MP has a go on the zip wire.
Opening of the Acklington Play Area.'Sir Alan Beith MP has a go on the zip wire.

THESE were the joyous scenes as a much-needed play area in a north Northumberland village was officially opened.

The facility in Acklington boasts an impressive array of features, including swings and a quiet area.

Youngsters in the village played a huge role in designing the play area, on Churchill Way, which was built using £42,750-worth of funding from the Playbuilder project, as well as a £7,000 contribution from Acklington Parish Council.

The opening ceremony was performed on Saturday by MP Sir Alan Beith, who assisted in securing the land from the Ministry of Justice on behalf of the parish council.

Sir Alan said: “I was delighted to open the play space and I congratulate the people of Acklington – especially the children – for all the effort they have put in to creating it.

“I had to make a last-minute intervention with the Justice Minister to ensure the land was handed over before the grants which local people had secured ran out, so I am very pleased it has all come to a successful conclusion.”

Northumberland County Councillor Jeff Watson, ward member for Amble West with Warkworth, also played a part in helping the village realise its play-area dream.

“It will be really good for everybody,” he said. “It’s the only amenity in the village for the children so I think it will be really well used.”

Parish council clerk Lisa Hamlin added: “It’s great. The children were keen to have something and were really enthusiastic about it. There was a definite need for it.”