Lauder skate park plans take off
SPECTACULAR stunts, live music and action packed races were among the highlights of a family fun day in Lauder at the weekend designed to raise funds for plans to build the Royal Burgh's first ever skate park.
Skaters, BMXers and even a dare-devil quad bike rider were among the high rollers who tested their skills on the temporary course set up on Lauder Moor on Sunday.
They are campaigning for a track to be built on land identified at Calfward Park, Burnmill. And many local residents agree it is a wheelie good idea.
Judy Gunn, co-ordinator of the Lauder BMX skate park group, this week told the Border Telegraph: "I think it's really important that every village has something for teenagers - there is nothing for teenagers at all here.
"How often do the kids get to play like this and to feel free and to have this wonderful view?
"These guys have come because they just love to play on their bikes. They are all quite happy on their bikes, listening to music, that's what teenagers should be doing, having some fun and not being bored."
Local children, who have been given the support of the Lauderdale Development Trust and community council, have offered to help local residents with their household chores to help raise money for the project.
Judy said: "We have a site opposite Burnmill which was recently made into a larger car parking area so that us been a very miskept piece of ground for years.
"And we've already had an individual locally who has offered to donate ten per cent of the ten per cent we need to raise to fund the project."
And she added: "We have a couple of companies coming up this month to go over the children's plans because they have created some of their own plans which is tremendous, because it's got to be individual - no two skate parks are the same."
Scottish downhill rider Angus Hardie, from Earlston, welcomed the plans this week. The 15-year-old Earlston High School pupil said: "I think plans are really good everybody would like a skate park here but at the moment we have to travel to Edinburgh if we want anything good."
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