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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Storm-damaged Cumbrian club ready for reopening

A clubhouse which was devastated by storms is due to reopen next week after months of repair work.

Les Ashe photo
Les Ashe

Committee members of Harrington’s Royal British Legion were distraught after the popular club was severely damaged in February after being battered by the torrential weather which hit the county.

The full roof of the Salterbeck Road building has had to be rebuilt and it is hoped the keys will be handed over by local building firm Jacobs Stobbarts Ltd next week and the club officially reopened.

Les Ashe, committee treasurer, has been a regular at the club since it opened 30 years ago and he said it has been an extremely difficult time for the community during the closure as the legion was a popular focal point for many.

“It’s been hard for the regular users because the club becomes a part of life,” added Mr Ashe.

“I think it has been a big miss to a lot of people and they will be pleased when it’s back open.”

Because of the club’s prominent position on the coastline it was hit hard by the storms and Allerdale Council’s building inspector was forced to serve a dangerous structure closure notice on the building.

Richard Tait, the legion’s northern surveyor, said he had never witnessed damage of this type before in his career.

“There is nothing between the building and the sea and the wind battered the building badly,” he said. “We thought there was a couple of tiles missing but the whole of the main roof moved.”

Mr Ashe added he was very grateful to the Station Road Working Men’s Club in Workington, which has provided a home for the legion’s darts and dominoes teams while works were ongoing.

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