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BYZ: Royal Seal Of Approval

8th February 2012 by Onside Youth Zones

Monday 6 February 2012 was a very proud day for everyone at OnSide, when HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex KG GCVO officially opened Blackburn Youth Zone.

The Youth Zone came alive with activity when over 300 people from across the town filled the facility. There were tours of the building, presentations and cupcakes, performances by young people and the finale of HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex KG GCVO officially opening the building for young people to enjoy. It was definitely a day that won’t be forgotten for a long time.

This event was a culmination of years of hard work by many people and as Andrew Graham, Chair of Blackburn Youth Zone said: “This is not the end of the beginning, it is the start of something amazing”.

Click here to take a look at our Gallery of Images of the building.

We caught up with Peter Little, Chief Executive at Blackburn Youth Zone for his thoughts on the day:

Take a look at some of the soundbites from people who attended the event yesterday:

MP Jack Straw:

Blackburn’s Young People:

David Watkinson, Lancashire Telegraph

Mark Serventi, Architect

Check out the footage from the official opening and the young people’s performances that followed: