GALLERY: TV presenter Jake Humphrey in Fens to officially open £250,000 community hall and sports pavilion
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HUNDREDS turned out for some fun in the sun as television presenter Jake Humphrey opened Gorefield's new £250,000 Community Hall and Sports Pavilion.
One side of Jake's family comes from the village and his uncle, Michael, is chairman of the parish council and until recently chairman of Fenland District Council.
To celebrate the opening a family fun day was held with a nine-foot climbing wall, junior talent competition, tug-of-war as well as plenty of food and drink.
Jake, 34, said: 'It's lovely to be back in Gorefield. This is where most of the Humphrey side of the family came from. A lot of my family are buried in the church just over there and I used to come and work on my uncle's farm just down the road.
'I was born in Peterborough, which I came through earlier, so it's been a bit of a tour of my old haunts today.
'It's a lovely part of the country and I love coming back. With the birth of my daughter Florence we are currently looking for a house in Norfolk.'
Before officially opening the hall Mr Humphrey reminisced of summer days he spent under the blue skies in Gorefield as well as telling the residents that they would now be the envy of other villages for miles around.
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Cllr Humphrey, who is also secretary of the Playing Field Association, said: 'It goes without saying it has been a great day. Having Jake here is obviously fantastic.
'The new pavilion can do nothing improve the village. Before the footballers couldn't shower or anything.
'The old pavilion was just a stop gap built in 1972 so it is well overdue.'