New centre unveiled

PUBLISHED: 16:46 10 August 2007 | UPDATED: 22:58 28 May 2010

The crowds outside the new centre

The crowds outside the new centre

SO many Salvation Army followers gathered at the official opening of the group s new £400,000 centre at Whittlesey that police were forced to cordon off part of the road. The Army s UK commander, Commissioner John Matear, cut the ribbon and unveiled a pla

The Commissioner Matear unveiling the commemorative plaque – Pics: Steve Williams

SO many Salvation Army followers gathered at the official opening of the group's new £400,000 centre at Whittlesey that police were forced to cordon off part of the road.

The Army's UK commander, Commissioner John Matear, cut the ribbon and unveiled a plaque at the new centre in Church Street on Saturday to mark the opening.

The dedication service was followed by a celebration on Saturday evening.

Commissioner Matear and his wife Elizabeth stayed in town on Sunday to lead the Army's morning worship service.

The new centre has replaced a row of ancient cottages which was used for worship by the Salvation Army for almost 120 years. The renovation work was funded by the Army's two charity shops in Whittlesey and by a number of fund-raising events.

In addition to Sunday services, luncheon clubs will be held and it is hoped to start a club for mums and toddlers.

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