by NEIL GREENLEES
At the re-opening of the
Bridge Community Centre are the 'Friends of the
Bridge'. Pictured (I-r) Mr Gilbert Watson; the
Director of the Voluntary Community Unit (VCU),
Miss Maeve Walls; Alderman Seamus Close; Mr Gary
McMichael; Chairman of the Council's Leisure
Services Committee, Councillor Brian Heading; Mr
Henry Philips; the Mayor, Councillor James
Tinsley and Mrs Joanne Waterson.
ONE of Lisburn's landmark buildings, the
Bridge Community Centre, has re-opened its doors to the public
following a £1 million facelift.
The building, which stands at the corner of
Railway Street and Magheralave Road, was originally build a
century ago as the Temperance Institute.
It has now undergone a complete refit
designed to meet the standards required of a modern community
facility. New access has been provided to the ground floor along
with a lift to all levels. A range of facilities has been
installed to help people with disabilities while the area used
by the Citizens Advice Bureau has been extended.
A plaque marking the re-opening was unveiled
by the Mayor, Councillor James Tinsley.
He spoke of his pride at being able to
officiate at the occasion and continued: "Those engaged in
community work have in this refurbished facility a centrally
located com- munity centre to take pride in and we are confident
the building will continue to prove a great asset to our City,"
The Chairman of the Council's Leisure Services, Committee
Councillor Brian Heading described the opening as "a very
special occasion for the many groups that; use the
centre as well as those who campaigned for its continued use and
upgrade by the Council.
The Bridge was host to over 70,000 users
annually, and was an important facility which the public wanted
retained " he explained.
As well as being the home to the Council's
Community Services Section, including the Resource Centre and
Minibus Service, the Bridge also provides a permanent base for
the Citizens' Advice Bureau, the South Eastern Education and
Library Board's Youth Service and the 'Contact a Family'
Any individual or Group wanting to know more
about what's available at the newly refurbished Centre should
contact the staff on 9266 2496.
Pictured outside the newly
refurbished Bridge Community Centre, Lisburn are The
Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor James
Tinsley; Assistant Director of Leisure Services, Mr
Brian Mackey; Mr Victor Hamilton and Mr Cecil
Kirkwood who officially opened the Bridge Community
Centre in 1981.
The (Temperance Institute) Bridge
Community Centre in 1890.
The Bridge Community Centre newly
refurbished in June 2008.