Youngsters’ dedication pays off as Irchester skatepark opens

Callum Wilderspin, 15, cuts the ribbon with parents, young people, councillors and fundraisers 'watching
Callum Wilderspin, 15, cuts the ribbon with parents, young people, councillors and fundraisers 'watching
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A skatepark designed by the youngsters who will use it, and who fundraised to help pay for it, has had its official opening.

Youngsters living in Irchester appproached the parish council and asked them for a skatepark. Councillors agreed on the proviso that the youngsters raised at least £2,000 towards the cost and designed the park to a set budget.

A skatepark group was set up and various fundraising events were held including a car wash and a disco. The group’s efforts caught the imagination of residents and businesses and £8,000 was raised.

The project cost more than £90,000 and also received funds from Wellingborough Council and Irchester Parish Council.

Chairman of the parish council, Pamela Armstrong, said: “I have worked with children for over 40 years and I have never met such a polite, dedicated group of young people who knew what was wanted and worked hard to make their dreams come true.

“It was also a great pleasure to hear the men who installed the elements say that they were very impressed by the way the youngsters conducted themselves, and the good manners that they showed them when discussing the structure of their scheme, their enthusiasm and patient waiting for its completion.

“I am very proud of this group of young people who live in our village and wish them lots of fun and enjoyment on their park.”

The first youngsters used the finished park on Monday, November 3, and it was opened officially on Saturday,