A turf-cutting ceremony has been held in East Huntspill to mark the start of construction of the village’s new sports pavilion.

After 18 months of hard work by the Sports Pavilion Committee, and with the village having waited almost 60 years for the new facilities, the ceremony was held to mark the start of building work.

The ceremony was led by Guy Atkins, Managing Director of East Huntspill’s Jo Bird and Company who, at a very early stage, made a very generous donation to get the project underway.

Guy told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “Like everyone else, we were enthralled by the wonderful Olympic Games which brought about a renewed enthusiasm for all kinds of sports, as well as community spirit and friendship. It is vital that this opportunity to encourage people to take up a sport is not lost.”

“The new Sports Pavilion will ensure that the much talked about Olympic legacy will be a greater opportunity for more people to get involved in sporting activities.”

“We as a company are delighted to be able to give something back to the local community and hope that it will help East Huntspill fulfill the Olympic values of excellence, respect and friendship.”

The project’s Chairmn, Roy Stenning, added: “This is a Community Project with finance, donations and practical help committed from the village and surrounding area.”

“This is, of course, not the end and there is still a need for finance, practical help and donations of material; the aim is to have basic changing facilities available for the football season and the whole building available for a wide range of sports, especially for young people, in the spring.”

To help the project contact Mr Stenning on 01278 783798.

Pictured: Roy Stenning and sponsor Guy Atkins cut the symbolic first turf of the building watched by committee members and residents and, above, Guy Atkins and Roy Stenning with the sponsors’ cheque for £4,000, plus members of the committee. Pics: Mike Lang