Co-ordinator Harry Shires has sent us this report on the Youth Club’s anniversary celebration: After weeks of planning and many volunteer hours, on 11th October, Hornsea Youth Club celebrated its first anniversary since opening as a free youth club for all children aged 7-17 in Hornsea and the surrounding area. My word, it was absolutely packed out to capacity with the most electric atmosphere that we have ever experienced! The evening consisted of a marshmallow spaghetti game, which, as you can see from the pictures was extremely popular with one or two persevering throughout the entire evening to make the tallest tower! There were other arts and crafts activities, pool, air hockey, table football, a whole room filled with different gaming consoles and the biggest tuck shop that we have ever put on. Needless to say, the children were very happy. Joe Jenney, 11, said, “I like Hornsea Youth Club because you can meet many different people and have lots of fun, my favourite memory was probably when we had the water balloon fight because lots of people got soaked and it was really funny watching them all get wet!” Poppy Cunningham, 11, said, “You feel like you are part of something special and everyone here is welcome and kind.” George Wilks, 8, said, “I like the sweets at youth club and my favourite memory is starting.” The children watched a video montage consisting of over 200 pictures taken since opening and lots of little clips and video sketches that the children themselves had filmed a few weeks ago. Following this, we had a very special awards presentation with nine categories all voted on by the young people and presented by special guests Andrew Eastwood, Chairman; Darren Lawer from Youth and Family Support and Joanna Richardson from Hornsea Town Council. The evening ended with the loudest rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ that you have ever heard with each child setting off two party poppers and a confetti cannon adding to the rain of colour that enveloped us all! Just brilliant! The reaction from our celebration event has been very positive with lots of well wishes coming in from parents. Jess Hamlet said: “Daniel had an amazing time, thank you.” Pamela Fieldhouse said: “Well done guys, Kayden’s just come home raving about a fun night, it was a massive hit!” Spearheading the club, Harry Shires took part in a radio interview at BBC Radio Humberside during the day and said, “We just keep going from strength to strength and I am so excited for what’s going to happen next in our second year and beyond. Working with such brilliant young people every week really has been one of the humblest experiences of my working life.” Hornsea Youth Club is still looking for volunteers on a Tuesday and Wednesday night – if you can help we would love to hear from you. Please call in during normal opening hours.

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