Gift has youngsters dancing with delight

Wyre Borough Council has bought Claremont Community Centre in Fleetwood a hi-tech dance machine.'Danielle Fisher and Sophie Waldermar try out the machine, watched by Melissa McDermott, Natalie Jordanson and Tara Johnson. PIC BY ROB LOCK'27-1-2011
Wyre Borough Council has bought Claremont Community Centre in Fleetwood a hi-tech dance machine.'Danielle Fisher and Sophie Waldermar try out the machine, watched by Melissa McDermott, Natalie Jordanson and Tara Johnson. PIC BY ROB LOCK'27-1-2011

DANCING with joy! That’s Fleetwood youngsters who have been overjoyed by the arrival of a £3,000 dance machine at Milton Youth Club – courtesy of Fleetwood Town Council.

It’s the biggest item the council has paid for since it came into being in June 2009 – and chairman Coun Terry Rogers says the town will have to pay its own way to get such things.

He said: “People have been saying these things should be down to Wyre Borough or Lancashire County Council, but if we wait for them we won’t get it – it’s as simple as that.

“We have got something good for the club for a reasonable amount of money.

“Some people might say we are in a recession, why are we buying a dance machine, but the youth are hanging around the streets and I hope this will help recruitment to the club.

“I pleased this was passed: it’s money well spent.”

Milton Youth Club, which meets at the Milton Community Centre on Blakiston Street, is run by Lancashire County Council’s Young People’s Service.

Leading the activities is young people’s worker Brian Wood, who said: “Before we approached the Town Council we had a consultation at the club and asked what the members would like any money available to be spent on.

“The overwhelming answer was the dance machine.

“What has been especially good is that the young people have been involved at every stage.

“They have filled in the forms, attended the meetings and have seen the end product. It means that they feel they are being listened to, and feel empowered by that.

“We are obviously grateful to Fleetwood Town Council for their help – it’s good to see things working at a local level.”

In the first week at the club, the machine has certainly been in demand.

Brian said: “It’s proving very popular.

“We thought it would be used mostly by the girls but the lads have been on it as well and have enjoyed it.

“The idea is to give the girls a bit more exercise.

“The boys go and play football but not many of the girls do that.”

The machine has also proved a hit with some of the disabled youngsters who attend the evening sessions at Milton Street.

Brian added: “Everyone gets their chance to use it – it’s money well spent.”