Grant ramps up skate park project

Left to Right: Milburn Douglas councillor for Lynemouth, Amber'Hume, Tracey Davidson, Joanne Hannay from Rio Tinto, Karen Manian and Daniel Hume age 13 on his BMX.
Left to Right: Milburn Douglas councillor for Lynemouth, Amber'Hume, Tracey Davidson, Joanne Hannay from Rio Tinto, Karen Manian and Daniel Hume age 13 on his BMX.
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VILLAGERS are getting their skates on to deliver new leisure facilities, thanks to a £1,000 funding boost.

The Lynemouth Skate Park Working Group has been set up by parents and grandparents to provide a facility as currently children have to travel to neighbouring villages, Morpeth or Newcastle to practice their inline skating, scooter and BMX tricks.

The project is expected to cost around £85,000.

Now Rio Tinto, which operated the former smelter in the village, has stepped in to kick-off the fund-raising drive with a grant from its fund at the Tyne and Wear and Northumberland Community Foundation.

Working group spokeswoman Amber Hume said: “We have a lot of children in the village between eight and 16 years old who have a passion for using skateboard parks, whether they are on their BMX or scooter, but they have no place to call their own. As a local community we decided to do something about it.

“We don’t want our kids having to ride their bikes or skate near busy main roads to use facilities outside the area.

“We are delighted to have Rio Tinto’s support, which has helped to get the fund up and running. The kids have been really keen to help too. They’ve hosted cake sales, fancy dress parties and a disco to raise money, and we’re also applying for a grant through the Big Lottery Fund.”

It is hoped that the Rio Tinto donation will encourage other businesses and charities to contribute.

Rio Tinto Regional Economic Development Assistant Joanne Hannay said: “A facility like this will benefit Lynemouth village and the youngsters who live here for generations to come.”