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Melksham to say ‘thank you’ to skatepark donors

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THE Melksham Skatepark extension will be officially opened next week. 

At the event a plaque will be unveiled as a show of thanks to the donors who helped raise the £25,000 needed to install the half-pipe – a U-shaped mini-ramp that will allow skateboarding beginners to learn new skills. 

The event will be held at the skatepark in King George V playing field on Tuesday 30th November, at 3pm. 

Chairman of the Melksham Area Board, cllr Phil Alford, said, “Wiltshire Council has invested in this facility over many years, including the new skatepark installation in 2017 and the half pipe extension in 2019.  

“We have also funded youth workers to patrol the skatepark area and a new security camera to help encourage good behaviour amongst those present.  

“The Covid pandemic has meant an enforced delay to this opening, so I would belatedly like to say a very public ‘thank you’ to the donors who have made this happen – Gompels Pharmacy, Gompels Healthcare, Melksham Area Board, Selwood Housing, Dumb Clothing and TKC Sales Ltd. We are very grateful for your generosity and could not have done this without you!”  

James Threlfall MBE, broadcaster and local skater, added, “On behalf of all local skaters I would like to express our thanks to the local councils and to the local companies who have made this happen. I’ve grown up skateboarding at the skatepark in Melksham and the fact that we have such a high standard facility so supported both by businesses and the local community alike is incredible.  

“We are so lucky to have a space like this in the heart of our community and I urge anyone thinking about having a go themselves, whatever age, to get down and give it a try.” 

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