Plas Madoc fun day makes a splash to save leisure centre


Charlie Croasdale

A COMMUNITY trust working to reopen a leisure centre beat the storms to stage a fun day.

Members of the Splash Community Trust, which is aiming to reopen Plas Madoc Leisure Centre in Acrefair, put their stalls up on Queens Square in Wrexham on Saturday to raise funds in their bid to revive the closed facility.

As well as cake and food stalls, Clwyd South AM Ken Skates donned his Incredibles suit and was hauled into the stocks for the afternoon.

Despite the downpours during the morning, campaigners were determined for the day to go ahead and Mr Skates, who has been supporting the Splash Trust, got a soaking of a different kind from members of the public keen to throw a wet sponge at their local politician.

The trust has to make good on its bid to reopen Plas Madoc by October 1. If it fails to do so, the centre will be demolished.

It was closed on April 27, despite a six-month long battle by campaigners to block the unpopular decision.

After the afternoon activities, trustees and supporters dried off and headed to the Saith Seren, on Chester Road, where several local bands took to the stage all in aid of raising cash to fund the reopening and running of the centre for the community.

Trust chairman Darrell Wright said: “There was a queue of people who wanted to throw things at Ken, the poor lad got a real soaking.

“But fair play to him, it is all for the cause of getting Plas Madoc reopened and we can’t thank him enough for his support.

“The weather certainly didn’t help us but we didn’t let it stop us and the event had to go ahead.

“Numbers were down in town due to the weather but we’ve still managed to raise £300 from the cake stall and we’re totting up the rest of the takings.

“The bands were brilliant and it was a good night in the Saith Seren.

“Thanks for everyone who came along.”

The Association of Voluntary Organisations Wrexham (AVOW) also helped organise the event.

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