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The Blue Hut youth club in Hoxton to reopen

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 January 2011 | UPDATED: 17:33 19 January 2011

Protest against the closure of the Blue Hut youth club on Provost St on 16th October 2010. Credit: Olivia Harris

Protest against the closure of the Blue Hut youth club on Provost St on 16th October 2010. Credit: Olivia Harris

Olivia Harris, oliviaharris@mac.com 07881 810 878

Centre that shut down suddenly last year will be back in business at the end of January.

A state-of-the-art youth centre in Hoxton that shut down suddenly last year is set to reopen at the end of the month.

The Blue Hut Youth Centre in Provost Street will be back up and running on January 24, organisers told the Gazette.

Residents young and old came together last October calling for the centre, which contains a music production studio, computers and cooking appliances, to be saved.

It closed two months earlier amid speculation of gang activity. The club had been open for just a year.

Volunteers from youth charity SkyWay will be managing the Blue Hut as before, offering weekly drop in sessions, a sports programme in partnership with north London football club Arsenal and media training and holiday schemes.

Hannah Kubie, a spokeswoman for the club’s organisers, said: “Everyone involved with supporting the Blue Hut is very positive about the centre reopening at the beginning of a New Year and expect a good take up of the activities on offer throughout 2011.”

Hoxton ward councillors Carole Williams, Clayeon McKenzie and Philip Glanville, who have been pushing for the club to reopen, welcomed the announcement.

They said in a joint statement: “After campaigning alongside the community to ensure the future of this club, we are delighted to learn that SkyWay will be reopening the Blue Hut from 24 January. This has been a valuable and much loved local resource, and the four day a week programme that they will be running alongside Arsenal in the Community, will ensure that we once again have activities for young people in this part of the borough.”


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