DELIGHTED pupils tried out the new look play area in Church Kirk, which boasts an aerial runway and large side to side swinging rope.

Children from Sacred Heart Primary School in Church are already fans of the large swinging rope, which provides a centre piece within the play area and is the first of its kind in Hyndburn.

There is a climbing frame and an overhead rotator, along with swings, a basket swing and an interactive snakes and ladders game for family fun.

Mrs Welch, acting headteacher of Sacred Heart RC Primary School, said; “This new look play area is already proving a huge hit with our pupils, especially the large swinging rope and the aerial runway. It’s a great facility for the whole Church community.”

Councillor Paul Cox, cabinet member for parks, said; “The play area in Church Kirk has been used by many children over the last twelve years, since it was last improved. When the new houses were built it was important to use some of the funding secured to invest in a new play area for local children, so it’s fantastic that this new facility is being enjoyed by so many families now.”

The Hyndburn Green Spaces Forum, working closely with Hyndburn Council’s Parks Team, secured a grant from the Lancashire Environmental Fund for £30,000, with Hyndburn Council providing the remainder of the funding.

Cath Holmes, of the Hyndburn Green Spaces Forum, said: “It is nice to see a wonderful new play area at Church Kirk for the local community to enjoy.

“We are once again pleased to work with Hyndburn Borough Council to help improve the parks and open spaces in Hyndburn and thank you to the Lancashire Environmental Fund for their support locally.”