WORK has started on transforming an old Sea Cadets building in Flintshire.
The Quay Watermans and Recreation Association (QWRA) has started work on the Connah’s Quay Tuscan Sea Cadets building in Dock Road in time for it to host the launch breakfast of the Big Dee Day river clean up project, on Friday and Saturday.
The refurbished building will be the new home of the QWRA and will be known as The Kathleen and May Heritage Centre in honour of an historic tall ship of the same name.
QWRA secretary Dave Vernon said: “In co-operation with Flintshire Council we have taken over the lease of the building and will be creating a heritage centre and a training centre.
“We’re also helping to get the building ready for the launch of the Dee Day, which is normally held in Chester but has been brought here by the countryside service.”
QWRA has been helped by local volunteer group Dee Wildfowlers and Mr Vernon thanked members for their help.
“They’re a great local volunteer group who helped us clear the building, they gave a free weekend’s work and did a great job.”
For the first time, the Big Dee Day, which is co-ordinated by Flintshire Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council and Natural Resources Wales, will extend to Bala and into the Snowdonia National Park.
The two day event will see volunteers, conservation groups and businesses from across North Wales and Cheshire link up with council services and Natural Resources Wales to clear the river and any litter that washes up along the River Dee.