The scout movement in South Tyneside is prepared for a fresh start after a new £100,000 facility was unveiled.
After 18 years of planning and fundraising, East Boldon Scout Group’s new hut, based behind the Grey Horse pub on Front Street, was officially opened last Friday.
Guests of honour included Elaine Rose, wife of a scout group leader, Dave Rose, who died after a short illness, and their children Sarah and Matthew. Mr Rose’s family made a donation towards the new hut following a collection at his funeral in 2011.
The original hut was built in 1941 as an army barrack building and over the years had become more and more unsuitable in terms of both size and facilities for the Scout Group of over 200 members.
The work has provided two new classrooms, a new kitchen and storage facilities, entrance and cloakroom, new roof and driveway.
Simon Gray, East Boldon Scout Group leader, said: “We are all really looking forward to being in the larger hut for our autumn activities.
“It has been a great team effort by everyone to get this stage and on behalf of the group I want to thank all of the parents, our partners and funders for their support. We organised a huge amount of activities with our scouts and now we have the perfect base for everyone to enjoy them all.”
Out of the £100k total there was £15k of funding from charitable bodies including £10k from the Garfield Weston Foundation.
The Scout group is moving back into the building after 20 weeks of construction work by BWK builders.
Mr Gray added: “We are delighted to have such a great base and also one that the whole community in East Boldon can use as well.”
Further information on the East Boldon Scout Group is available on www.eastboldonscoutgroup.co.uk.