Youngsters prepare for official opening of long-awaited Mundesley skatepark

A wheely-good time is expected to be had by youngsters in Mundesley this Easter when their long-awaited skatepark is officially opened.

The whole village has rallied round to make the �85,000 dream scheme a reality after raising much of the funds themselves, and residents are expected to turn out in force to celebrate its completion during Sunday's opening ceremony

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb will be cutting the ribbon to the new park - built on a former patch of weedy wasteland at Gold Park - and showing off his skating skills.

The afternoon opening will also feature an Easter hunt, raffle, competitions, skater demonstrations and plenty of well deserved tea and cake.

The project, led by the Mundesley Youth and Community Group (MYC), received a �50,000 grant from the Big Lottery Community Spaces Fund, �1,900 from the Norfolk Community Foundation and a �12,000 bequest from resident Pat Bawden.

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This left MYC with a fundraising target of �21,100, which it met through a series of events including the Marvellous Mundesley Fayre, summer balls and casino evenings.

Amanda Ng, MYC chairman, said: 'We are so pleased that together we have completed the skate park. The whole village has truly pulled together to fund-raise and support the group to get the facilities that the children really want.

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'The skaters used to practise in the car park near Gold Park, which wasn't very safe and can be annoying for motorists. Now they have their own space and we are working with them to become mentors for younger children so they can learn how to skate in a safe environment.'

? The ribbon cutting is at 2pm on Sunday. All are welcome.

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