Well done to skate helpers

Desborough skate ramps refurbished: l-r Naj Mistry (NAYC), Rob Price, Gil Holmes, and bmx rider Conor Smith.'10/12/11

Desborough skate ramps refurbished: l-r Naj Mistry (NAYC), Rob Price, Gil Holmes, and bmx rider Conor Smith.'10/12/11

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It’s pleasant to read thank you letters in Your Say pages, rather than complaints.

This week I want to say a huge thank you to the many members of the Desborough community who so far have put in five Saturdays to repair the large wooden ramps in Desborough’s splendid skate and BMX park by the Hawthorns Leisure Centre.

In particular, I wish to thank those who have worked at every session: Roger Vincent, Harry White, Rob Price, Gil Holmes and Conor Smith. The last is a teenager, able to put in a man’s work for eight hours, improving his skills and inspiring others. Other adults, a few of them parents, others simply concerned for our local youth, have worked for several Saturdays. The job has taken more time than expected, because we’ve taken the ramps down to their joists of 12 years ago, making them like new. The volunteers aged between 40 and 70, who help thanks to their wives allowing them to lose weekend time, usually arrive at 8am. Teenagers, boys and girls, mainly engaged in painting the fresh wood, usually arrive at noon. But what is new?

Thanks, too, to firms giving us discounts on materials: Desborough’s Travis Perkins and West End DIY and Kettering Tool Hire.

There are several Saturdays to go before we can open the park again. More volunteers would be extremely welcome, even for a couple of hours, to make us complete faster. Rothwell youth have enjoyed the park for a dozen years, what about help from our neighbours?

Cllr Belinda Humfrey

Chairman, Desborough Youth Action Group,

Harborough Road,

Desborough