A NEW play area costing thousands of pounds at a pre-school has been officially opened by the manager of Harrogate Town football club.
Simon Weaver was at Clifford Pre-school – situated behind St John’s School For The Deaf on Church Street – to perform the ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday for the £15,000 facility.
The play area was built after the pre-school secured a grant to transform part of its outdoor land into a bespoke all-weather play area for two to five-year-olds.
It features a flooring made of mulched rubber tyres for safety and contains a wide-variety of different toys.
Mr Weaver said: “It is a fantastic area that will allow the kids to play, explore and exercise safely, which is vastly important in this day and age.
“It is a credit to the staff and all their hard work that they have gone through all the processes required to get it funded and built. I am honoured to be asked to open it officially.”
As well as the official ribbon cutting, the celebrations also included a teddy bears’ picnic, a teddy bear hunt in the garden and a balloon race with prizes on offer for the two balloons which travelled the furthest distance.
The prizes had been donated by local companies and included a family ticket to Diggerland near Castleford and a spa day at Thorp Park Hotel and Spa.
All profits raised from the competitions and other activities on the day will go towards buying new equipment for children at the pre-school.