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Hopes on high as climbing wall opens

PUBLISHED: 19:05 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:35 14 July 2010

One of the tallest climbing walls in the county was officially opened at Attleborough on Sunday.

The lottery Awards for All provided St Mary's Scout group with grants totalling £15,000 to build the structure at its headquarters in Station Road.

One of the tallest climbing walls in the county was officially opened at Attleborough on Sunday.

The lottery Awards for All provided St Mary's Scout group with grants totalling £15,000 to build the structure at its headquarters in Station Road.

“The will allow a wide range of ages and abilities to experience the climbing adventure,” said John Stillwell, group Scout leader.

“I am told that it is the tallest outside climbing wall in Norfolk.

“It is 10.5m to the top of the abseil tower, about 12m to the top of the gantry and 6m at its widest point.”

The wall is attached to the face of two stacked containers which are anchored to the ground, with the abseil tower sitting on top.

Town mayor Vera Dale cut a red ribbon held by two young members of the group.

She said: “We are extremely lucky in Attleborough to have this facility. These things don't happen overnight.

“There's a lot of hard work goes into it, and dedication.”

The Scouts are now seeking additional funding to provide an electric hoist, crash mats, rest shelves and larger holds for less able people.

Chapel Road special school, in Attleborough, intends making use of the extra equipment which will allow wheelchair users to “climb” the wall.

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