Life returned to Longridge Young People’s Centre on Berry Lane after its closure for refurbishment with a “double whammy” of events.
The centre and the county council’s Young People’s Service organised a Big Bouncy Sports Fun Day and a Big Half Term Event, which included a range of free activities to entertain lots of young people from the area.
The sports fun day on the recreation ground included an inflatable two-lane bungee run 0n which young people could take part in a competitive physical challenge against their friends. They could also battle against opponents on the pillow joust and there was also sumo suit wrestling plus giant outdoor games including Connect 4, big Jenga and snakes and ladders.
The half-term event was marked by the appearance of special guest “2Big” Ian Stones, a professional arm wrestler ranked number two in Great Britain in the 65kg category.
Teaching the techniques required, he and Chris Ham, who are both also personal trainers, explained various factors which contribute to success.
Young people including Owen, one of the smallest in the group, were eager to take on the challenges against their friends.
Many boys and girls had a go and impressed others with their newly learned skills.
An eight-metre outdoor mobile climbing wall from Lister Logics, Preston, was another attraction.
It had four different routes to suit different abilities. Specialist instruction was on hand through Marc and Chris to ensure that all those climbing got the most out of this activity.
Other activities included games, competitions, body art and karaoke, and a fun-packed evening ended with Patrick, George and James helping staff cook burgers and sausages on the barbecue.