PART of a community centre has reopened after being shut for six months.
Staff andvolunteers were left devastated last October after the children’s area of the Bridge in Priory Road had to close following a flood.
A burst hose in the centre’s kitchen over the weekend caused extensive damage to the café and the children’s area below.
Most of the children’s play equipment and toys were damaged, costing the centre around £3,000 to replace.
Jay Kramer, chairman of the centre’s trustees, said: “A lot of our regular activities had to be relocated while the work was done to the children’s area and cafe.
“Some of the floors have been totally replaced, walls rebuilt and numerous toys and equipment replaced.
“I would like to thank everyone who has been affected for their patience and commitment to the Bridge during this difficult time . We are now fully up and running, so why not call in and see us.”
Last Monday (April 7) the children’s area was full to bursting for the reopening and the start of two weeks of Easter holiday activities for children and families.
The ribbon was cut by Chantal Lass, who is a long-standing friend to the Bridge and was on the panel which selected the architects who designed it.
Chantal said: “I am delighted to have been asked to reopen the children’s area. The Bridge is unique and is based in the heart of the community which uses it.
“Julie Sutton, our late centre manager, was devastated by news of the flood when it happened.
“If she was here today, she would love to see so many children ready to play. The Bridge really is a place for everyone.”
Vince Nunn took over as manager of the community centre in January.