Facilities toast a job well done

Sir Alan Beith MP
Sir Alan Beith MP
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Special ceremonies will be held on Saturday to celebrate the completion of two sports facilities.

Alnwick Rugby Club has revamped the amenities at Greensfield while the first stage of the Coquet Shorebase Trust’s watersports development has been finished.

President of the Rugby Football Union, Bob Reeves, will officially open the rugby club’s refurbished facility at 2.30pm.

The transformation, costing just over £240,000, includes new changing rooms, a gym, refurbished showers and baths and a toilet for the disabled, as well as flood-defence works.

The club received £130,000 in grants, from Northumberland County Council, Sport England and SITA UK.

A massive fund-raising campaign helped collect the remaining £111,000.

As part of the money-making efforts, the club broke the world record for the number of conversions within a 12-hour period. The club won the fund-raising category in the annual President’s XV awards for 2012/13.

Penny Stewart, chairman of the fund-raising committee, said: “We are delighted that we have reached this milestone. Thank you to everyone who has supported us.”

Meanwhile, the first stage of building the Coquet Shorebase Trust’s new £125,000 watersports facility at Druridge Bay Country Park is complete.

The charity received support from the Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund, together with grants from the Steadsburn Community Fund, Canoe England, Northumberland County councillors Glen Sanderson, Robert Arckless and Jeff Watson, and the Sir James Knott Trust.

It helped the Trust pay for the construction of the building, adjacent to the Visitor Centre.

The project has been carried out in conjunction with the country park. To celebrate the milestone, a completion ceremony is taking place at 10.30am. The charity’s patron, Sir Alan Beith MP, will attend the event.

Work will take place over the winter to install the compound, access to the lake, landscaping and fitting out the building’s interior, ready for next season. A grand open day is due to be held at Easter.

Vic Brown, Trust manager, said: “We are looking forward to having it up and running for next year. It will be an amazing facility for the entire neighbourhood.”