Betty honoured to reopen Pennington Tea Rooms

Betty honoured to reopen Pennington Tea Rooms

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Betty Orton celebrating her 80th birthday at Pennington Tea Rooms

It’s often an honour usually reserved for dignitaries and famous people.

But who better than Betty Orton, celebrating her 80th birthday, to be the official ribbon cutter as the tea room at Pennington Hall Park opened to the public on Thursday 10th August.

Keen cyclist Betty was joined by her friends as the venue hosted a birthday lunch for them. But she was surprised to find that she had been given the prestigious honour of cutting the ribbon at the launch.

Betty said: “It’s very nice to be asked to open it. We used to use it and I think it’s great it’s reopened. I didn’t know I’d be officially opening it – I just came to see if it was open.

“They were painting it last week and I asked if it would be open and they said they didn’t know so I said I’ll tell you why it’s my birthday. We enjoyed a scone and some tea and enjoyed it that much I thought we could do the same today.”

It would not be a birthday without birthday cake and Betty was presented with a cake specially made for the occasion, complete with flowers and candles.

Betty is already preparing to make this a regular trip in the future and she believes it will again be a great community asset.

“It will be great for kiddies and it’ll be great for parties,” she added.

The tea room is being operated on a temporary basis by Wigan Council’s catering service Metrofresh so that park visitors can once again enjoy the facilities on the Green Flag awarded park. The building has been renovated by Leigh Building Services ahead of its reopening.

In the longer term the council will look to transfer the tea room to an organisation to take on the running through a community asset transfer process which is currently under way.

Community asset transfers have already proven a success across Wigan Borough and Pennington Tea Rooms will be the latest to provide communities with a valuable resource to enjoy.

Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities, said: “It’s fantastic to see Pennington Tea Rooms reopened.

"We are sure the tea rooms will prove popular with the local community and visitors and we look forward to securing a new partner to run the tea rooms on a more permanent basis in the future.”

Pennington Tea Room will operate Wednesday to Sunday from 10.30am until 5.30pm during the summer holidays. Times will then be reviewed in September.

Posted on Friday 11th August 2017

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