New BMX track gets official opening

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A NEW attraction to give youngsters somewhere to go will be officially opened this weekend.

Local campaigners have worked nearly four years to get a BMX track in Bedlington.

And all their hard work will be recognised with a day of activities at the new facility in Gallagher Park.

The event will open Saturday at 11am with a variety of activities before the official opening at 1.15pm.

Events will take place throughout the afternoon, with a firework display between 5.30pm and 6pm.

Among the guests will be British BMX champion Kelvi Batey, plus representatives from Northumberland County Council, Bedlington Town Council and Northumberland Sport.

Kelvi will also be giving coaching sessions during the day while a BMX stunt team will be performing.

The track cost £70,000 to build, with the National Lottery providing a £50,000 grant and local councillors the other £20,000.

The county council has also paid for new fencing to be erected around the site while Sustrans funded a new cycle path to the facility.

George Webster, chairman of Friends of Gallagher Park, said: “I’m pleased it’s all over and I can relax now.”

He said youngsters were coming from as far afield as Scotland and Hartlepool to use the new track.