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Norfolk skating club 'heartbroken' as centre redevelopment prompts closure

Retroskate has been based at the Marina Centre for 10 years. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Norfolk roller skating club says it's heartbroken after a major redevelopment plan left it facing closure.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council says replacing the Marina Centre with a new £26m leisure complex is a 'once in a generation' investment.

But Retroskate, which has been based in the centre for 10 years, says it has left dozens of its young stars with nowhere to train.

Director Gaynor Read said the redevelopment would "rip the heart out of the club".

"This isn't just bricks and mortar, this is a family. The children love it here, they all get on and develop social skills. They spend days out with each other and they travel all over the country together. It's heartbreaking."

– Gaynor Read, Retroskate

The new leisure centre includes a state-of-the-art swimming pool, gym facilities and a cafe.

Building work is due to start in the spring with the new centre expected to open in summer 2021.

The council says it will "benefit the seafront and borough for up to 40 years" and that it had worked with clubs to try and find alternative venues.