Tennis courts turned into multi activity area

Coun Gordon Thompson, Cilla Isles Secretary of Friends of Newsham Park, Coun Deirdre Campbell and Peter Henderson, the children are Josh Haggerty and Daneka Murray.
Coun Gordon Thompson, Cilla Isles Secretary of Friends of Newsham Park, Coun Deirdre Campbell and Peter Henderson, the children are Josh Haggerty and Daneka Murray.
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Residents of all ages are celebrating the transformation of old tennis courts into a multi-activity area at a Blyth park.

Newsham and New Delaval Park now has an improved area for a variety of sporting and recreational activities after a refurbishment by Northumberland County Council.

The multi- activity area, including a basketball court, and two tennis courts, is already proving popular with pupils from the local New Delaval Primary School who are using the facilities as a base for their physical education programme.

Funding was provided by local County Councillor Deidre Campbell from her Small Schemes Fund, money raised by the Friends of the Park and from the County Council’s Housing Developer Fund.

The tennis courts will also be available to the public, and are currently free of charge to use.

The refurbishment work was part of a continuing programme of improvements at Newsham and New Delaval Park which has also seen improvement works around the war memorial.

Coun Campbell said: “I’ve been working for a long time with the Friends of the Park to try and get these facilities up and running again.

“I’m delighted with the refurbishment because we now have a fantastic facility for local people and especially the school children.”