Storm forces club to look to the future

Ashington Cricket Club’s pavilion is facing an uncertain future after half its roof was ripped off by high winds.

The storm damage has been repaired by the Langwell Crescent building’s owner, Northumberland County Council, but the club is now considering whether a new pavilion might be a better long-term option.

Club chairman Martin Thewlis said: “When we got there for a management meeting, some of the roof was in the car park.

“Temporary repairs have been made by the council to make it watertight, but the club is used for private functions, and I believe a number of those had to be cancelled.

“The winds caused a lot of damage, but we are lucky it wasn’t raining too as if rain had leaked in, the whole building would have been out of use as it would have affected the electrics.

“The pavilion was built in the 1960s, and this has brought it to the forefront of our minds that we will have to start thinking about a new facility that will take us through the next 50 or 60 years as some of the building is not really for purpose.

“It’s been an early alarm call for us.”

Because it is now the close season for cricket, no matches were affected by the damage to the building.

A spokesperson for the county council said: “The problem with the roof was reported, and contractors have been out and carried out temporary works to secure the roof.

“If any further work is needed, it will be carried out in due course.”