Last outing before social club move

Sone of the Rovers Quoit Club members pictured before setting off on the final bus trip from the Grainger Street site.
Sone of the Rovers Quoit Club members pictured before setting off on the final bus trip from the Grainger Street site.
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MEMBERS of a social club’s senior citizens’ group have enjoyed their last outing from their current base before moving to new premises later this summer.

Hartlepool Rovers Quoit Club, based in Grainger Street, Hartlepool, will set up home in the former Iona Club, in Easington Road, from September.

When the revamp is finished, the new club will have a new front added, a new tiled pitched roof, a beer garden and family area, as well as a completely refurbished interior.

The new club will also have disabled access, a lift and a boundary fence.

Almost 50 members from the quoit club’s senior citizens’ group enjoyed a bus trip to Thirsk Racecourse before returning to the club.

It was their final outing from the current base before the move to Easington Road.

A club spokesman said: “It is sad that this was the last trip from the current premises.

“It is something that the pensioners look forward to every year and we are sure that they will continue in the future.

“Our thanks go to the group for their ongoing support.”

Work is well underway on the revamp of the former Iona Club and the spokesman confirmed that everything is on track for a September opening.

The social club will be named the Hartlepool Rovers Quoit Sports and Social Club.

The Mail previously reported that the quoit club had been threatened with a compulsory purchase order, along with several surrounding streets, as part of a regeneration scheme.

Club users had hit out at being included in the order, as Hartlepool Borough Council said the action was necessary to protect £5m of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) for new houses.

But the dispute was settled before Christmas when the club and council agreed a sale and decided to take over the Iona as an alternative venue.