SLIDESHOW: Centre’s street takeover celebrates Lightwaves’ renovations in style

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Lower York Street was transformed into a bustling party road to mark the completion of Lightwaves’ summer refurbishment.

Around a thousand people joined the leisure club to celebrate its £200,000 renovation.

Games and sporting activities including a penalty shoot-out took place throughout the day, which was organised by Next Generation and Lightwaves Community Trust.

The National Citizenship Service ran a number of stalls including a tombola, coconut shy and baked goods stand and there was also a bouncy castle, street drumming, face painting, a barbecue and live music at last Saturday’s party.

General manager, Mohammed Ayub, said: “The weather was beautiful and the day went very well. We had a lot of support from the local community, who were able to enjoy the activites and see the refurbishment for themselves.

“We set a target to raise £5,000 throughout the year through community events like this one so we can continue tobetter our lesiure services. The street party raised more than £1,000 so it was a great success.

“Thank you to everyone who attended and thanks to our assistant general manager, Ilonka van Rijn for her hard work in organising the event.”

As part of the refurbishment, new LED lighting was fitted at the centre. The lights were officially switched on at the party by British champion black-belt kickboxer, Ellen Wakefield.

Other changes made during the summer include the refurbishment of the centre’s changing rooms, to increase the number of facilities for families and people with disabilities, and the creation of facilities for Wakefield College students.

The students will undertake some of their sports classes using the facilities, which will also be available to the local community.




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