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Fire-damaged Harrogate Valley Gardens play area is reopened

Valley Gardens fire, Harrogate
Image caption The blaze in October 2011 destroyed the wooden fortress structure at Valley Gardens

A children's play area in North Yorkshire which was badly damaged in an arson attack last year has reopened.

A wooden fortress, which cost £32,000 to install at Harrogate's Valley Gardens in 2009, was destroyed in the fire on 8 October.

Harrogate Borough Council said it was grateful to local residents who donated £2,000 towards rebuilding the fortress.

Two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old have been charged with arson.

Kian Clegg, a six-year-old primary school pupil from Knaresborough, cut the ribbon on the new play fortress as part of the opening ceremony earlier.

He raised £30 towards the replacement fortress by baking and selling cakes, Harrogate Borough Council said.

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