£50,000 lottery cash boost for Cromer Skate Park can make the dream a reality

Lottery cash will complete the total raised to £75,000, half of the £150,000 needed to start building the long awaited skate park.

“We’re absolutely delighted,” said Cromer town councillor Cat Plewman, “The youngsters are overjoyed, they have been so committed for such a long period of time. It opens the door to other grants and makes it feel achievable.”

Spurred on by this news, the registered charity has announced a serious fundraising effort to raise the rest of the money.

Huw Parker, who has been helping to publicise the skate park, said after securing charitable status last year, the next stage was to collect the rest of money. He forecasts, if everything goes to plan, building can start the next calendar year.

He added “Once you can get the money in the bank, it makes the chance of receiving bigger donations more likely.”

Mister Parker, emphasized the urgency concerning fundraising because some of the youngsters would be leaving school soon and moving on elsewhere.

Ms Plewman said: “Everyone has been working really hard already but we will continue to expand the fundraising.”

It’s been a 20 year wait and after a temporary skate park was built at North Lodge Park, it was abandoned in order to focus efforts on finding a permanent site. Planning permission for a park at The Meadow was granted last year.

A donation from East Runton Extend exercise group has now added £200 to their total.

A Sport England spokesman quoted how pleased they were to award £50,000 from the Inspired Facilities fund towards the building of Cromer Skate Park. He explained how the fund helps to provide good, local sports facilities across the country and Cromer was the latest town to benefit.

The first of this year’s fundraising activities, a grand charity ball, will take place at Northrepps Cottage Country Hotel on March 22. Tickets are £35 per person available until March 7 and include a three-course meal with coffee. Entertainment will be provided by Steve Jolly, of Sound Stage Systems, who will play music from the 1950s to present day.

Dress code is black tie and guests should arrive at 7pm for 7.45pm.

An information pack with details on how to order tickets is available from www.cromerskatepark.co.uk or by calling 01263 511724.

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