Success for Ilfracombe teenagers’ first event

Joseph Bulmer

College students organise day to promote local youth services and activities.

YOUNG people in Ilfracombe – and older ones too – were able to find out a bit more about the events, activities and information available in the town at a lively event organised by two local sixth formers.

Louise McCluskey and Dannie Fuller arranged Thursday’s open day at the Lantern Centre as part of their Ilfracombe Arts College course.

As well as promoting things to do such as the seafront’s Friday night Real McCafe, there were a number of information stands where visitors could find out more about a range of services and issues.

The day also championed the charity set up by Ilfracombe teacher Jon Skinner and his family on behalf of children in Swaziland, raising awareness funds through a raffle, sales and donations.

There was live singing, music and dance performances by Shine, a local dance group set up through Devon Youth Service.

Louise said the event had seen a good response from a variety of ages.

“The local shops were brilliant in donating raffle prizes for us,” she said.

Dannie added: “People have been very positive and we’re hoping to do something like this again in the future. We’ve had lots of support from Country Cousins, Ilfracombe Healthy Town plus friends and family, who came in to help.”