A COMMUNITY centre is reaching out to the younger and older generations as it lays on its Valentine’s celebrations.
Blackhall Community Centre will play host to a popular Club Adolescent night, which has seen major reductions in anti-social behaviour when it has been held at Peterlee Leisure Centre.
The Peterlee Police-backed event, which is a club night with a DJ and dancers, is hoping to attract up to 250 11 to 16-year-olds.
The following weekend, the Hesleden Road-based venue will also host a Valentine’s Dance for more mature people, featuring live music from the Alf Langthorne Quartet.
The Hartlepool Mail has reported previously that Durham Police Chief Constable Jon Stoddart had given the thumbs-up to Club Adolescent, which is promoted by Terry Jones and Colin Muir, of security firm Jones And Muir Leisure.
Blackhall Community Centre manager Alison Paterson said: “It’s something that the young people have been asking me to do for a while – ‘can we come in?’ and ‘is there anything for us to do?’.
“We can now turn around and say ‘yes, there is’.
“We do put on things through the school holidays, but don’t really tend to attract the age group Club Adolescent is aimed at.”
The centre will be decked out with hearts and balloons for the Valentine’s-themed event, which will also feature a tuckshop, a soft drinks bar and a cafe.
Mrs Paterson added: “The police are being very supportive about it.
“It will give the Friday night crowd in Blackhall and the surrounding areas somewhere to come to avoid them hanging on street corners and will see a reduction in anti-social behaviour.
“We are giving the young people somewhere to go in a safe, controlled atmosphere.”
Club Adolescent is being held on Friday, February 10, from 6.30pm-10pm.
Tickets are £5 in advance from the centre on a first-come-first-served basis or on the door.
Meanwhile, the Valentine’s Dance will be held on Saturday, February 18, with dancing from 8pm-11pm.
Mrs Paterson said: “We have got the dance for the mature folk of Blackhall.
“We hope people will enjoy the event.
“It’s something different for Valentine’s.”
The dance will feature ballroom, Latin, sequence and rock ‘n’ roll dancing and bingo, a raffle and bar.
Tickets are £3.50 and available from the centre.
For more information on either event, call (0191) 5867396.