Slideshow: Wisbech St Mary's revamped �1million community centre opened

THE wait is finally over for villagers who waited 12 years for a new community centre. A campaign to revamp Wisbech St Mary Sports and Community Centre began in 1998 after trustees decided it had become outdated and not fit for purpose. After a battle to

THE wait is finally over for villagers who waited 12 years for a new community centre.

A campaign to revamp Wisbech St Mary Sports and Community Centre began in 1998 after trustees decided it had become outdated and not fit for purpose.

After a battle to get Lottery funding the new facility, which boasts a main hall, community bar, lounge area and two multi-purpose spaces, was unveiled on Saturday.

Trustee Graham Drew said people were "amazed" by the new-look building.


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He said: "They couldn't believe that we'd got something like this in the village. It has been talked about for so long. It is such a relief to finally get it."

The previous village hall was a First World War wooden Army hut. It continued to be used for nearly 100 years but had huge drawbacks, such as poor heating and insulation and no parking.

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The new building cost nearly �1million after a huge amount of money was raised by trustees and the community.

It was completed after a �469,000 grant came through from the Big Lottery Fund's Community Buildings programme.

About 300 people came for the opening weekend which included the official opening, live music and a family and children's afternoon.

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