Teenage volunteers praised for efforts

Young National Citizen Service volunteers with Spilsby Theatre's Bruce Knight during their time spent volunteering to improve the town.
Young National Citizen Service volunteers with Spilsby Theatre's Bruce Knight during their time spent volunteering to improve the town.

A GROUP of community-spirited teenagers have received emphatic praise from the people of Spilsby after devoting their time and effort to improve two of the town’s most prized assets.

The team of 13 hard-working 16-year-olds spent more than a week volunteering through the National Citizen Service to benefit the community by redecorating and refurbishing the Franklin Hall’s kitchen and Spilsby Theatre’s bar.

Looking back on their work with a sense of pride and satisfaction, the volunteers have welcomed their opportunity as a life-changing experience that has endowed them with new skills and friends for life.

Volunteer Jonathan Thorndike said: “I’ve never done anything quite like it in my life, I learned so many skills and met lots of great people.

“It was an amazing way to spend the summer, we’ve all gained lots of self-respect and can look back on what we’ve done with pride.

“I looked back at what we accomplished this morning (Monday) and to think it was all carried out by 13 young people who had never met each other before is just amazing.”

Jonathan proudly recounted the praise lauded upon the group from Spilsby’s residents who described their accomplishments to him as ‘jaw-dropping’ and ‘amazing’.

Spilsby Theatre’s Bruce Knight has also issued unequivocal exaltations to the group for their invaluable work transforming the bar area.

“The transformation is immense, they’ve retained the room’s character but brightened it up no end,” he said.

“It’s been fantastic, they’ve been incredibly helpful and enthusiastic - they are all superstars.”

Mayor of Spilsby Coun Michael Lenton has also applauded the group for the high standard of their work and the positive impression of young people it has presented to the town.

He said: “These kids were brilliant, they were enthusiastic, polite, well mannered and very good at what they do. Wherever these schemes are carried out, the local populace benefit from the work carried out and the kids also gain an insight into what the workforce is like in the big wide world and what they can achieve.”

As well as carrying out hours of hard labour to achieve their fantastic results, the group have also been congratulated for their professional approach in securing donations of building materials for the project from around 20 local businesses.

If you want to take a look at the youngsters’ handiwork, the theatre and bar will be open for the second heat of Spilsby’s Got Talent on Thursday before the final on Saturday.

Both events start at 7.30pm and cost £4 for adults £2 for children.