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Playground Viking ship a "dream come true"

PUBLISHED: 17:48 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:05 14 February 2018

Seven-year-old Skye Jefferson-Pike tries out the new Viking play centre at Sheringham's Cromer Road playground. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Seven-year-old Skye Jefferson-Pike tries out the new Viking play centre at Sheringham's Cromer Road playground. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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A £22,000 Viking ship play centre has been launched at Sheringham's Cromer Road playground.

Seven-year-old Skye Jefferson-Pike and her sisiter Scarlett, four, try out the new Viking play centre at Sheringham's Cromer Road playground. Photo: KAREN BETHELLSeven-year-old Skye Jefferson-Pike and her sisiter Scarlett, four, try out the new Viking play centre at Sheringham's Cromer Road playground. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The wooden boat, complete with dragon’s head on the bow and Viking shield decorations, has ramps, a slide, climbing ropes, tunnels and ladders.

It is the result of a three-year fundraising campaign by a group of parents and supporters who founded Sheringham Playpark Revamp Group around six years ago.

The team has since raised thousands, buying new equipment, improving the junior play area, removing a rusting slide and roundabout and installing a bucket swing, a giant rope swing, a rocket climbing frame, picnic tables and new football goals.

The revamp committee has also given some of the playground’s existing equipment a makeover, with teams of volunteers spending hours scraping off dozens of layers of paint before applying a new coat.

The latest project, which also includes a climbing wall, was funded by £10,000 raised from donations, sales and events, a £2,000 grant from Sheringham Town Council, and £10,000 from North Norfolk District Council’s Big Society Fund.

Revamp committee member Emma White said the Viking ship was a “dream come true”.

“When I first joined the project five years ago, my personal goal was to raise enough money to install an exciting feature piece,” she said. “I wanted something unique but connected to the town in some way.”

Volunteers had decided on a Viking ship to tie in with Sheringham’s heritage and annual Viking festival, also making accessibility a priority, Mrs White explained.

Thanking North Norfolk District Council and Sheringham Town Council, she added: “We knew that we would need at least double the amount we had already raised so I am hugely grateful to everyone who has been involved or supported our project and allowed us to realise this dream.

North Norfolk District Council leader and Big Society Fund chairman Tom FitzPatrick congratulated the group on their efforts in bringing the “excellent” scheme to fruition.

He added: “The Viking ship project is a fantastic example of how the Big Society Fund is making a real difference to communities across the district.”

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