AN extension to Melksham Skatepark will be opened later this month when a public thanks will be given with the unveiling of a plaque.

The donors plaque will name all those who helped to raise the £25,000 to install the half-pipe.

The ceremony takes place on Tuesday 30 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.

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“The Covid-19 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.

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“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."

Melksham mayor, Cllr Jon Hubbard said: “Melksham Town Council has now taken over the management of the skatepark and the wider King George V Park and will continue to invest in these important community facilities for the future.

“Thank you again for the support received from our local business community. This project really has been an excellent example of the public and private sectors working together for community benefit."