The Grafton Centre in Hyde, a lively community hub, has re-opened its doors once more following the lockdown and ongoing restrictions.
Our Tameside reporter, Bob Alston, was there to witness the sheer joy on the faces of those attending the opening day, as a dedicated volunteer at the centre himself.
The doors opened at 9am sharp and the centre had a steady flow of visitors throughout the day to renew their membership for a further year and to sample the complimentary drink and food on offer.
Centre manager Julie Ingham said: “This is a great day for the centre after being closed since November last year and our members have missed taking part in their favourite activities, as well as seeing each other.
“We really hope we won’t be forced to close again and we can continue to serve our lovely members from around Tameside.”
Tameside Mayor, Councillor Janet Cooper, and her consort, Mr Dennis Fitzpatrick, were special guests for the first day too.
They were treated to a tour of the centre and introduced to a number of trustees, staff, and volunteers, before settling down to a nice warm drink.
Everyone was happy to see the centre re-open and regular classes started the following day much to the joy of all concerned.
The first class was the ever-popular Zumba which was very well attended, however activity class sizes in the main hall are still currently limited to a maximum of 20 people due to social distancing.
If you are interested in becoming a member or sampling any of the activities that are going on at the Grafton Centre please call into the centre on Grafton Street, Hyde, SK14 2AX or telephone them for more details on 0161 368 4110.
You can take a look at their website here.