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New leisure centre for Catterick Garrison

Another very important addition to the leisure centre is the new regional rehabilitation unit with state-of-the-art equipment to help military personnel recover from their injuries or wounds.

In addition to the leisure centre, a brand new library and customer services centre is also under the same roof and the library will be one of the first in North Yorkshire to have a self-service kiosk for people to take out and return their library books. Along with a wide selection of new books the library will also include DVDs and CDs for loan as well as a specialist military collection.

Baroness Taylor was joined at the opening ceremony by swimmer Jo Jackson, who recently set a new world record in the 400m freestyle short course to add to the two silver medals and one bronze medal she won at the World Championships in Rome.

Colonel Nick Millen, Commander of Catterick Garrison, said:

"I am delighted to be able to welcome Baroness Taylor of Bolton to open the new leisure centre and proud that our local world record holder and world and olympic medallist Jo Jackson is in attendance.

"The investment in the new centre has already been proved to be an outstanding success by the high numbers using the new state-of-the-art facilities.

"All parties involved have worked closely to ensure we have a facility that is fit for the 21st century. Without doubt, that partnership has again delivered a magnificent project to add to the overall development of Catterick Garrison.

"It is one we can all be truly proud of as we strive to provide modern facilities for both military personnel and the local community as a whole.

"The new centre is another welcome step forward in bringing the two communities together and enhancing the overall integration within the garrison."

Baroness Taylor added:

"This new leisure centre serves our Armed Forces in a very direct way as part of their training and rehabilitation, and at the same time it also serves the local community. It is a magnificent building, complete with all the facilities anyone could ever dream of, which caters for all ages, and it is a fantastic achievement by all the parties who have been involved in its development."

The Catterick Leisure Centre and Library has been built in partnership with Defence Estates, Headquarters Army Training Recruitment Division, Directorate of Infrastructure, North Yorkshire County Council and Richmondshire District Council.

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