Grand reopening on Monday after refurbishment - and with plenty of familiar faces

Ilfracombe’s Studio 20 gym reopens on Monday under new management after being bought by one of its fitness instructors.

Shaun Kennard, who has worked at the High Street gym for 10 years, purchased the business from his former boss Joanne Walker – who has gone on to the payroll as head instructor.

Staff are busy putting the final touches to a refurbishment, with an extension to the main gym and adding a stretching area, while the downstairs free weights room is also larger.

Shaun, 38, said the buy out was the ideal solution: “We always got on quite well and I like working alongside Jo, so this is keeping her legacy going,” he said.

“Thank you to Jo and her husband Mike for the opportunity and thank you to all my family and friends who helped out – we look forward to seeing you in the gym.”

Monday will feature a special one day only offer of discounts on most memberships.