A new state-of- the-art fitness centre has been officially opened following a £550,000 transformation.
The Druridge Bay Fitness Centre, in Hadston, is housed in an extension to the village’s Community Centre.
It has been fitted with the latest Technogym fitness equipment, a shower and changing facilities, and a purpose-built room, with ring, for Druridge Bay Boxing Club.
The facility is being managed by Active Northumberland, whose instructors will be on hand to provide advice and guidance on health and fitness training programmes.
Northumberland County Councillor and Druridge Bay ward member Coun Scott Dickinson cut the ribbon to open the centre officially last Friday, ahead of a special public preview event last Saturday.
The centre launched on Monday.
Coun Dickinson said: “This has always been a well-loved community centre, but it has now been extended, refurbished and modernised to create a multi-purpose sport and social facility.
“We’ve had many conversations with the local community throughout the scheme where residents made their preferences clear and the work has taken place in two phases.
“The centre has been refreshed, both inside and out, and will offer a more comprehensive range of activities and classes.
“I am sure it will be a space that residents of all ages can use and enjoy.”
Active Northumberland will be looking to develop a programme of fitness classes and community and sports clubs.
Lorraine Dewison, chief executive of Active Northumberland, described the facility as a ‘much-needed health and fitness hub’ for the area.
She added: “We are pleased and proud to see this new centre officially opened and to be able to add Hadston to our long list of leisure facilities for the people of Northumberland.”
Active Northumberland manages all leisure facilities on behalf of the county council.