Revamp for town play area

Morpeth Mayor Jack Gebhard and Mayoress Anne Guy are pictured during the opening of the revamped play area. Picture by Doug Harrison.
Morpeth Mayor Jack Gebhard and Mayoress Anne Guy are pictured during the opening of the revamped play area. Picture by Doug Harrison.

The Church Walk play area in the Kirkhill area of Morpeth has undergone a major transformation, following years of out-of-date play equipment that did not offer much in the way of excitement for the youngsters in the area.

The Morpeth Town Council project includes a train feature, imaginary play panels, a bespoke climbing unit, a disability friendly roundabout and a selection of inclusive swings.

It is described by the local authority as providing ‘equipment of high and limitless play value with a dynamic, active and inclusive scheme that is stimulating and exciting for younger and older children’.

Morpeth Mayor Jack Gebhard opened the revamped play area and Sandra Allon was on hand to help with the opening – she used to run a baby and toddler group at Storey Park Community Centre twice a week.

Coun Gebhard said: “The old facilities have been looking quite tired for a little while now, so it was good to be able to give its current users something a bit more up-to-date.

“The original play area at Church Walk was opened in the 1960s with funding raised by Morpeth Round Table, of which my grandad was a member. It was originally built to remember Brian Garry, who died in his 30s while fixing a TV aerial to a roof, which was his business at the time.

“Stories like that make this role really special for me and I hope the kids who use this new facility really appreciate it.”