TV star opens play area


THE threat of rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Sleights children and their parents who came out to celebrate the official opening of a new play park with the help of a tv star.

David Lonsdale, who played David Stockwell - one of Heartbeat’s most popular characters for 13 years, did the honours when he cut the ribbon at Ingham Play park on Saturday.

He was helped out by the Mayor and Mayoress of Scarborough Borough Council, Coun Hazel Lynskey and Shiela Kettlewell who cut a special celebration cake which was in the shape of a model of the park.

Mr Lonsdale had travelled from his home in Southport, Mersyside to open the park for no fee because he had such fond memories of the area.

Saturday’s ceremony was the culmination of five years of hard work by a small committee of villagers fronted by mum of three Alyson Elder and Lisa Ward, David Wilson, Janet MacDonald and Ted Gibson.

They managed to obtain £100,000 of funding from the National Lottery and £36,000 from Leader.

Sleights Parish Council donated £2,000 and agreed to pay for annual and monthly safety inspections while the Northern Area Committee donated £1,800 to provide seating.

The Mayoress’ fund provided a toolkit with essential maintenance equipment.

In a speech on the day Mrs Elder said the play park was much needed and hoped it would lead to new friendships, healthier children and a more connected community.

As well as the cake there were goody bags with items donated by Bothams, Sleights Spa, Whitby Co-op, Herons, Boyes and the Weigh Shop.