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Multi-million pound centre to open its doors

The new Hebburn Central facility

Hebburn residents and visitors will soon be able to take their first look inside the town's new multi-million pound community facility.

State-of-the-art Hebburn Central will open its doors to the public on Monday June 15.

The new Mayor, Councillor Richard Porthouse, and Paralympic gold medal-winning swimmer Josef Craig will open the £13m facility and unveil a plaque.

Throughout the day, there will be various free class taster sessions on offer as well as fitness classes and library activities.

The Change4Life team will also be offering free health checks.

Mayor of South Tyneside and local Hebburn councillor, Richard Porthouse, said: "Hebburn Central is a key element of the town's transformation and I am delighted and proud to be able to open it.

"This fantastic new building is the result of a long-standing aim to give residents facilities fit for the 21st century and it is going to become a real focal point for local people of all ages.

"This is a very exciting moment for the town centre and one which heralds the beginning of a vibrant new future for Hebburn.

"I'd encourage residents to come along on the opening day and be one of the first to take a dip in our fantastic new pools or try out the facilities in the fitness suite, join one of our library groups or simply have a look around!"

Construction of the building was completed as scheduled this week, and there will now be a period of commissioning, testing and cleaning ahead of the public opening.

The two-storey building includes a six-lane swimming pool, a learner pool with bubble pools, sauna and steam room, fitness suite, sports hall, dance studio, soft play area, library, learning centre and cafe, as well as meeting rooms, a customer service centre and an outdoor multi-use games area.

Cllr Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: "Hebburn Central will not only serve as a first-class leisure facility but an important community and social venue that will help to enhance the health and wellbeing of residents.

"It will bring together a number of different services under one roof. People will be able drop in for a coffee or to exercise, children can enjoy the soft play and community groups can hold regular meetings.

"I am sure local people are eagerly awaiting their first look inside."

The outside of the building is clad in special weathering steel panels, famously used on the Angel of the North.

The 'Cor-Ten sheeting, which gradually changes colour over time, was chosen to reflect the area's industrial heritage.

The building will open its doors to the public at 12pm on Monday June 15.

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