Youngsters offered skateboarding day

Aura Sabadus A skateboarders' paradise is coming to Wayland High School as Watton battles to raise money to sustain a new youth club in the town.

Aura Sabadus

A skateboarders' paradise is coming to Wayland High School as Watton battles to raise money to sustain a new youth club in the town.

Residents will gather on Saturday, April 26, at the school for a full skateboarding/BMX day which will allow youngsters to skate to their heart's content, and parents to collect much-needed cash for the Watton Junior Youth Club.

The club will open for the first time on Thursday, April 24, following efforts by parents in the town to provide a venue where youngsters can spend their time in a safe and friendly environment.

But to sustain the club, they need funds, which they hope to raise through a series of events organised throughout the months to come. The skateboarding day, held two days later, will be one of these activities.

Bob Dore, from the club, said: "To help raise some funds for the new Watton Junior Youth Club, we have decided, together with Suffolk Coastal District Council and Wayland High School, to organise a skateboarding/BMX/inline-skating day at the school.

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"The council will provide a full-sized mobile skateboard park to include all the ramps and slaloms. The park has all the facilities of a proper permanent skateboard park, so a really brilliant day is assured come rain or shine."

The club, aimed at youngsters aged 12 and over, will be open to members every Thursday.

It is hoped that further evenings will be made available, subject to demand.

"This has all become possible through the kind auspices of the high school, which has provided enough space for the members of the club to chill out and thoroughly enjoy themselves.

"A special thank-you must also go to Teresa Lamberson and Claire Scutt who came up with the proposal originally when realizing the need for a club for the 12s and under," he added.

The club will open on April 24 at 7pm, while the skating park will be available for everyone between 11am 5pm on April 26.

Tickets cost £1 per half-hour session and crash helmets will be available. Full details are available by phoning 07975 547932.