Plans for Irchester skate park roll along

The car wash at Irchester
The car wash at Irchester

Youngsters in Irchester are working hard to raise money for a skate park in the village.

Last month a group of them, helped by parish councillors, organised a car wash in the village hall car park. The car wash, which was sponsored by BL Cars, raised more than £250.

The park, which will be built in the Austin Close recreational area, is expected to cost £80,000 to build and will be funded partly by Wellingborough Council and Irchester Parish Council.

The project has received an anonymous donation of £1,000, the Spicery Indian restaurant has donated £80 from a special dine-in night and the Labour Party has given the campaign £50.

A fundraising disco raised more than £500.

Resident Mary Wright said she was impressed with the youngsters’ efforts.

She said: “They used to skate all over the place and off the kerb near the bus stop and we were worried we’d lose one of them.

“One of the parents started a Facebook page Irchester Needs a Skate Park and it went from there.

“Some of the youngsters came to a parish council meeting and spoke eloquently about what they wanted so we asked them to come back to the next meeting with a proper plan, which they did, so we set up a skate park committee with seven young people on it.”