02 MAY 2014

MP HELPS NEW TENBY CLIMBING VENTURE GET "OFF THE GROUND"

Simon has happily been "roped in" to help a local climber get a new indoor visitor attraction in Tenby "off the ground".

John Williams from Haverfordwest is planning to convert the old lifeboat station on Castle Beach into The Overhang indoor
climbing centre.

Mr Williams, who runs Coast2Crag which offers climbing taster sessions, has teamed up with his climbing buddy Dave Parker from Milford Haven, who runs Your Big Adventure, to take on the lease of the historic building on the Castle Hill slipway.

"Since 1937 the building has been used for storage and it's been totally empty for the past four years," said Mr Williams.

"When we open it up the doors will be open and people will be able to come and watch what's going on inside."

The Overhang will house a children's climbing wall five metres high, an adults wall up to 12.5metres high and a bouldering room with deep matting for low level climbing.
The centre will be open year round and will offer somewhere for local climbers to practice as well as a new indoor attraction for tourists.

"Pembrokeshire is famous for its climbing and yet it doesn't have an indoor facility - at the moment it's a 108-mile round trip to Swansea to the nearest indoor climbing centre for local climbers," said John.

"And the more indoor activities that we have then the more likely we are to keep tourists here when it rains, it might also get
more people into climbing."

The Overhang has now applied for a grant from the Sports Council for Wales and hopes to open later this year and eventually employ up to 10 people.

Mr Hart said: "This is a brilliant idea and in a perfect location - it's such a waste to have this historic building in the heart of Tenby lying empty. What could be better than an indoor, year-round facility for both locals and visitors to enjoy a healthy pastime?"

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