Brancaster activity centre restored

Hunstanton Deputy Mayor Cllr James Johnson with Cllr Tom de-Winton by the 2013 Flood Level marker. MLNF15EB07080 ANL-150723-083339001

Hunstanton Deputy Mayor Cllr James Johnson with Cllr Tom de-Winton by the 2013 Flood Level marker. MLNF15EB07080 ANL-150723-083339001

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On Saturday, the refitted Dial House Activity Centre in Brancaster was reopened by the National Trust’s director general Dame Helen Ghosh.

She said: “Unless we get children to love what we love, the future of National Trust is not assured.

“The East Anglian sites are on the front-line of climate change and we are not going to allow them to go.

“That would be far too damaging to our coastal communities and their natural habitats”.

After the devastating tidal surge of December 2013 when the Brancaster based activity centre, that has helped thousands of schoolchildren and adults get closer to nature for 13 years, was completely immersed in sea water engulfing the interior fittings, furniture and appliances, the need to refurbish was essential. Now that the Grade 2-listed 17th century building has been completely restored.

Speaking for the community Tom de-Winton said: ‘We need the centre for the wealth and wellbeing it brings to the area in the manner that is in keeping with our local environment.” He went on to say that the coast needs partners like National Trust to ensure the future for generations to come.

James Johnson, deputy mayor of Hunstanton, said, “We are so fortunate to have a local facility like Dial House, bringing the coastal lifestyle to so many visitors “.