IT’S nearly birthday time at Lillington Youth Centre.
The centre will celebrate its 60th birthday on Thursday October 5.
It was built in 1963 as part of the national Arbermarle youth centre programme and since then, it has supported thousands of young people.
Over the decades, the centre has been a safe place for young people to learn, make friends and take part in different activities, not just locally in Lillington, but across Leamington and Warwick.
The youth centre is part of Warwickshire County Council’s Targeted Youth Service and is a base for youth clubs, alternative education and various other support for young people.
A past youth club member said of their time at the youth centre: “Most of my most treasured memories were made at LYC. I absolutely loved anything crafty and there was always lots of that going on at the table.
Happy 60th anniversary LYC, thank you for all the memories and support through my childhood.”
The celebration event will see young people, past and present, who have been supported by the youth centre turn out, as well as friends and professionals. There will be a packed programme of music, art, activities, and sport, as well as presentations to mark the special occasion.
WCC’s children’s spokesperson Coun Sue Markham said: “It is wonderful to hear how Lillington Youth Centre has been supporting the young people of Leamington and Warwick over the past 60 years.
“The celebration event will be a great opportunity for friends of the centre, past and present, to come together and celebrate the time they have spent at the Lillington Youth Centre.”