Plea for help to save Amble Boys’ Club

A PLEA has been made for volunteers to come forward to prevent the long-standing Amble Boys’ Club from closing.

The future of the group, which has been part of the town for around half a century and seen thousands of youngsters pass through its doors, has been thrown into doubt because of a lack of helpers.

In a desperate bid to preserve its proud history, a rallying call has been made to people to offer their services and help save the Percy Street-based club, before it is too late.

Committee member Bruce Durham said: “There is a real chance that this place could shut down.

“We need some local people who can give a few hours once a month, to join the committee and help in the general running of the club.

“We are having to look at the realistic prospect of shutting the doors as people want the services, but no one wants to help in the delivery of these services.

“For the past few years, the club has been kept alive mainly by the hard work of two local people, Kim Stewart and Peter Withey.

“All the club needs is a few more volunteers to help out and get behind it.”

The club, which has recently acquired

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new gym kit from HMP Northumberland, as well as a grant for circuit training equipment, is also in need of support from businesses.

Bruce added: “Many local lads who now run or work for local businesses have passed through the doors of the club as kids and young men.

“The club is in desperate need of a lick of paint throughout as well as some flooring.

“If any businesses would be prepared to help us out in these areas, we could possibly offer them some free advertising space on the building, which is in a central point in Amble which many people pass every day.”

If you have a few hours spare a month and would like to be part of keeping this historic club open, email or visit the club on a Monday or Thursday night between 5.45pm and 6.45pm.