Nottingham

East Midlands canoe club reopens after arson attack

An East Midlands sports club is back to full strength a year after an arson attack destroyed its facilities.

The Holme Pierrepont Canoe Club at the National Watersports Centre in Nottinghamshire lost more than 60 boats, all its paddles and safety equipment in the attack.

Dozens of people attended an official reopening at the new facilities.

The fire caused an estimated £20,000 of damage, but much of the replacement equipment was donated by members.

The equipment was stored in cages by the lake.

Club chairman Dawn Scott said: "People have come forward and lent us vans, equipment, generators and racks. Members have come through with skills we didn't even know they had.

"It has been brilliant as people have really pulled together and it has been a real club effort."

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