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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Weather not stopping improvements at Workington Town's Derwent Park

The weather has failed to put a dampener on extensive work being carried out at Derwent Park, in preparation for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

Derwent Park work photo
Scaffolding covers the main stand

A sum of £450,000 was made available by Britain’s Energy Coast and Allerdale Borough Council to upgrade the ground in time for the games between Scotland and Tonga (Tuesday, October 29) and Scotland V Italy (Sunday, November 3).

And, according to project manager and Town board member Tony Boyd, work is progressing very nicely.

“As stated previously, we are working to a schedule at Derwent Park, as agreed with the Rugby League World Cup 2013 organisation, leading up to the staging of the two World Cup in 2013,” he said.

“This schedule includes works to the Popular Stand, grandstand and Enclosure, Toilets, bar areas, pitch, floodlights, new electronic scoreboard, turnstile refurbishment, works for broadcasting and media, and a number of others,” he added.

“The work is being undertaken by Workington-based Stobbarts Ltd., and the aim is to get as much of the work completed as possible before the start of our Championship League season in February.

“This is the fourth week of work since commencement on site, following formal approval of funding from BEC and Allerdale Borough Council.

“Work has progressed very well to date, with longer delivery items being sauced and orders being placed. This includes items like, the replacement grandstand seats, electronic scoreboard and floodlight enhancements.

“Construction work on site has progressed well on many work faces, with priority being given to items like the installation of a pitch drainage system, plus grandstand structural steelwork and replacement of the high level TV Camera Box on the popular side along with a start on the structural steelwork.

“We have developed an excellent working relationship with John Stobbart and his construction team, and locally-based sub-contractors, and we are delighted with the progress to date.

“At this stage, we are confident that when the RFL visit us again in January they will be also be happy with progress we have made here at Derwent Park.”

Town’s former England and Super League star Ewan Dowes today rubbished links made between him and Bradford Bulls in the national Media.

Dowes said: “I don’t know where they’ve got it from – it’s absolute rubbish.”

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