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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Plas Madoc to re-open on Saturday

Plas Madoc Leisure Centre is a hive of activity this week as volunteers finalise their preparations for this weekend’s big reopening.

The centre in Acrefair will officially open its doors again as Splash Magic at 11am on Saturday, less than eight months after Wrexham Council closed the popular facility to cut costs.

Trust director Greg Ogden said: “The final bits of cleaning are being done, the lease has been signed – everything’s coming together. Christmas trees and decorations are going up and there’s definitely a feeling of festive spirit in the air.”

Greg, who lives in Trevor, said the centre’s new furry mascot – Splash the Magic Dragon – has also been collected and will be among the crowds on Saturday.

Trust chairman Darrell Wright said: “We’ve had the keys for a few weeks now and we’ve been getting the centre back into shape. There was a lot of work needed because of the closure, but the Coleg Cambria students have been a huge help.

“There’s been a lot of blood, sweat and tears gone into this over the past few months, so we need people to support us by using Splash Magic from the minute it reopens on Saturday.”

Darrell and secretary Stella Matthews signed the lease for the Trust to officially take over on Monday, and the new centre manager Claire Duffy took over the reins last Thursday.

Wrexham Community Choir will be performing on Saturday, and supporters of all ages are encouraged to go along before 11am and join the celebrations.
Greg added: “The Trust has started taking bookings for the sports hall and other facilities, and on Saturday there will be a series of free taster sessions and activities taking place – and the pool will be open straight away.”
Splash the Magic Dragon was designed by eight-year-old Mia Harper-Jones, of Garth Primary School, after a competition open to all junior schools in the area.
* For information on membership fees and class prices for Splash Magic, and how to get involved in volunteering at the centre, visit splashmagic.co.uk.

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