New-look pavilion bowls over guests at opening ceremony

Club chairman Andrew Hodgson,and Sir John Hall shake hands after cutting the ribbon to open the new changing facilities at Alnmouth and Lesbury Cricket Club.

Club chairman Andrew Hodgson,and Sir John Hall shake hands after cutting the ribbon to open the new changing facilities at Alnmouth and Lesbury Cricket Club.

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Alnmouth and Lesbury Cricket Club’s new-look pavilion was officially opened on Sunday.

The work cost in the region of £172,000 and included an overhaul of the changing rooms, toilets and officials and scorers’ facilities, as well as improved storage and kitchen.

Former Newcastle United chairman Sir John Hall performed the unveiling ceremony.

Club chairman Andrew Hodgson said: “It was a perfect day for the club. The new facilities are fantastic. The contractors involved have done an excellent job and the club volunteers have all worked hard to both deliver the scheme and ensure everything was ready for the day.”

The main contract works were undertaken by Shilbottle-based Stephen Willcox Builders Limited.

Alnwick firm Outlook HEC fitted the kitchen while the flooring was installed by Total Flooring.

Around £150,000 came from seven different grant awards.

Major funders were the England and Wales Cricket Board, Sport England and the Rural Development Programme with other important contributions coming from Northumberland County Council, Awards for All, the Joicey Trust and the James Knott Trust.

On the day, Lesbury Parish Council presented the club with a cheque for £2,000 to aid the junior section.

The club’s U18s won an eight-a-side cricket event, held after the opening ceremony.