The man who made it happen

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THE Silkstone name has become a permanent fixture at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre.

The function room at the centre in Victoria Road has officially been named the Silkstone Suite in recognition of the hard work and dedication of Malcolm Silkstone and his family to build it.

The venture started 25 years ago and after much blood, sweat and tears it has been hailed a huge success.

Now the centre, which has been open for more than 12 months, is used for christenings, birthday parties, anniversaries, company celebrations and community events such as keep fit classes, dancing and classes for the over-50s.

As a fitting tribute members of the Bailiff Bridge Residents’ Association, of which Malcolm is chairman, have decided to name the room after the man who helped to make it all happen.

Geoff Howe, a member of the committee, said: “Malcolm has been the main man for the last 25 years. Other people have been involved but he has been superb. This is a tribute to him for all his work.”

Resident Irene Adjei said: “While in no respect ignoring the parallel efforts of others, including Malcolm’s family, I think it is true to say that, without Malcolm at the helm, the facilities we can now enjoy in the village might never have come to pass.”

Councillor Graham Hall (Con, Hipp/Light) said he was really pleased that the committee had decided to do this. “I think it is a fitting tribute to a person that has worked so hard with the local community for so many years,” he said.

Malcolm said: “The whole family feels very grateful that they have done this for us. It really wasn’t something I was expecting. But I would like to thank Councillors Graham Hall and David Kirton and the association for their support.”