Nursery brings old South Shields building back to life

Coun Alex Donaldson visits the new Cleadon Tower Nursery School, The Lonnen, with left to right, owner Rob Mein, nursery nurse Hayley Nixon and nursery manager Kate Murray.
Coun Alex Donaldson visits the new Cleadon Tower Nursery School, The Lonnen, with left to right, owner Rob Mein, nursery nurse Hayley Nixon and nursery manager Kate Murray.
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AN old building in South Tyneside has been brought back to life by the opening of a new nursery.

Cleadon Tower Nursery is now open for business on the site of the old Lonnen Day Centre in Hillside, South Shields.

Nursery owner Sheila Turnbull said: “The building was the former Lonnen Day Centre but had been empty for over a year when we bought it, with the support and backing of Coun Alex Donaldson and Coun George Elsom.

“Rob Mein, my fellow nursery owner, knows the area very well having been brought up just a mile away, so we immediately saw the potential of it as a nursery setting.

“It has a superb outside area, which has now been transformed from an overgrown wilderness into a beautiful play area.

“We have created three spacious rooms for different age ranges, and they have all been finished to a high standard.”

Coun Donaldson, a councillor for the Cleadon Park ward, said: “Nurseries are needed nationally, and this is a great location for one.

“It’s right next to Cleadon Hills, so it will provide lots of great outdoor walks for the children in the summer.”

The school is the third to be opened by Tyneside Early Education.

It will be open 51 weeks of the year, from 7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and will offer care for children aged between three months and five years.

The nursery is hosting an open day tomorrow, from 10am to 2pm.

For further information, call nursery manager Kate Murray on 454 6773 or e-mail her at kate@cleadontowernursery.co.uk

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