Fifty children from Fylingdales School did the honours at the official opening of the revamped Boggle Hole Youth Hostel on Monday.
Over the last eight months, £1.2 million has been spent on updating and extending the 85 bedroomed facility near Robin Hood’s Bay.
Works included replacing a dilapidated annexe and creating a new classroom as well as refreshing the dining room, cafe and reception area.
There is now on-site accommodation for staff with the creation of five new bedrooms; the Crow’s Nest annexe - an environmentally-friendly timber framed building in Robin Hood’s Bay; The Boat Shed - a new space for meetings and activities; The Brigg - an overflow dining room with sea views and the Quarterdeck café open to guests and the public.
The alterations have led to the creation of 12 new jobs.
At the grand re-opening, YHA chairman Chris Darmon and two students from the school unveiled a commemorative plaque to say thank you to the Coastal Communities Fund, Hostelling Internationa for the grant which paid for the works and also to all the staff and members involved in the refurbishment.
Peta and Andy Nugent have managed Boggle Hole for 23 years and have upcycled items on the beach, including driftwood, bottle tops and buoys into lighting and artwork for the Youth Hostel renovation.
Peta said: “Boggle Hole is one of the oldest, most-loved YHAs in the UK.
“Its rich history of mystery and adventure reveal legendary stories of smugglers landing their treasure and burying it in the hundreds of hidey-holes in the bay. It is a truly magical place.”
YHA Boggle Hole is home to the famous Boggle (the local name for a hobgoblin) and legend has it, if you leave a saucer of milk for the mythical creature, it will bless you with good fortune.
Peta added: “This is where the magic happens, we think of ourselves as memory makers. Andy and I both grew up by the sea and Boggle Hole is such a special place it brings so many people happiness and fond memories.”