A MULTI-MILLION pound community building got its official opening yesterday as civic leaders and funding partners celebrated its success.
The £2.6 million pavilion in Peterlee was built to provide the area with a host of community and sport facilities after the town council secured funding from a variety of providers.
Yesterday, people who had been instrumental in its creation attended an unveiling ceremony to celebrate everything it has achieved in its first four years.
Coun Bill Jeffrey, leader of the town council, said: “The event was to celebrate the success of The Pavilion as a sports and community building.
“Over the four years it has been open the sporting community has been keeping pace with the sports development plan and all teams are going from strength to strength.
“Some of this achievement comes down to the excellent facilities provided. We would like to thank all partners and agencies for their involvement and support.”
Work began on the pavilion at Helford Road in June 2008 as the next phase of a project to revamp the playing fields.
It opened to the public after four years of hard work came to fruition.
Peterlee Town Council was successful in securing a number of grants for the development of the building.
They were supported by the Football Foundation, Sport England, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and the former District of Easington Council.
The town council itself also contributed and facilities include a function suite for up to 150 people, meeting rooms, eight changing rooms, and outdoor football, rugby and cricket pitches.
It also has a public bar and lounge, provides catering services and is open seven days a week.
Peterlee Mayor Councillor Bob Kyle added: “It is a good community building and we are very pleased with how it is being used by the people of the community.”