AFTER 47 successful years, what is believed to be the UK’s longest running youth club is still going strong.
The Meridale Youth Club first opened its doors way back on a cold November night in 1965, and has been at the heart of the Sutton on Sea community ever since.
Every Friday youngsters from as far afield as North Somercotes and Alford flock down to take part in an vast array of activities including sports, computers, games, cooking or just catching up with friends.
The dedicated team of trained and CRB checked staff, led by centre manager John Monk, are constantly thinking of new ways to keep the youngsters entertained.
On Tuesday nights, members do their bit for the community by working on the local town council newsletter and the Link Church Magazine.
The Meridale won the prestigious Queen’s Award in 2004 for voluntary service with the then chairman Fred Young collecting the award at St James’ Palace in London.
In the coming weeks the youngsters will be whisked off to Skegness pier for a fun evening of bowling and laser quest and plans for an Alton Towers trip later this year are already being prepared.
The club caters for anyone aged 11 up until their late teens, and parents can apply for membership by calling 01507 441481.