Big thumbs up for Whitsome play area

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A large crowd of youngsters and the young at heart gathered in Whitsome on Saturday for the grand opening of the village’s new play area.

The facility which was first installed in December and cost nearly £15,000, has proved a popular draw for children after the village’s old playground was condemned in spring of last year.

Built on the same site, the new improved play area was entirely funded by Scottish Borders Council who first informed residents of the development by displaying plans in the village Ark in October.

Work began just over a month later and children first started to enjoy the new attraction in the run up to Christmas.

And judging by the looks of youngster’s faces on Saturday the play area has been a big hit so far, with them all giving the new equipment a massive thumbs up.

And it’s not just the village’s children who are impressed with the brand spanking new facilities.

“I went down at the weekend and there was a really good crowd there,” resident Louise Innes commented.

“It was nice to see families there from Swinton as well.

“I’d like to think the play area will attract people passing through the village as well as children who live here.”

“Whitsome was crying out for a new play area; so the new one is just what the village needed.

“ The old was in a bit of a state and even though youngsters would still use the old swings and slide they were very rickety.

“They’ve now got some great new swings, a climbing frame and fireman’s pole and best of all it’s all weather.

“There’s a few jealous adults who would love a go I’m sure.

“I’m planning on taking my grandchild down and know I’ll be wanting a turn!”

A spokesperson for Scottish Borders Council added: An SBC spokesperson said: “The council is delighted to introduce new play equipment in Whitsome play park.

“The previous wooden play equipment was showing signs of wear and tear and as a result £14,995 was assigned from the Council’s capital funding to provide the new facilities.

“The park has been open since late December and we hope it will encourage children and parents in the local area to use and enjoy the facility.”