Friary Grange Leisure Centre

Leisure chiefs have thanked local residents who turned out to support a ‘staying open’ party at Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

The facility was saved from closure following a public campaign which forced a u-turn by Lichfield District Council.

Operator Freedom Leisure, which runs the site on behalf of the local authority, said around 1,000 people had turned up across the weekend.

The celebrations featured a roller disco, pool parties and free exercise classes on offer.

Lee Thomas, area manager of Freedom Leisure, said: “The weekend was a huge success and nearly 1,000 people visited the centre over the two days.

“It was brilliant to see Friary Grange Leisure Centre full of local residents and there was a real community feel.

“Moving forwards we hope to provide a leisure facility which the local residents are proud of and use regularly which in turn will support a healthy lifestyle.” 

There was also a coffee and cake morning held on Saturday which raised a total of £162 for Children in Need.

Richard King, director of place and community for Lichfield District Council, said: “It’s wonderful to see the local community really engaging with Friary Grange Leisure Centre as their continued use will help to ensure it can remain open while we look to build another facility over the next few years.”

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