PE teacher bounces into new role at former World War II munitions factory

A PE teacher has taken on a new role at the ROF 59 activity centre on Aycliffe Business Park as the complex opened its state-of-the-art trampoline park.

Peter Ramsey has been appointed leisure manager at the family fun venue, which has been built on the site of a former World War II munitions factory.

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‘Bounce at ROF 59’ opens on Aycliffe Business Park

A huge trampoline park has opened in Newton Aycliffe as part of exciting new activity centre ROF 59.

The all-round fun complex, which incorporates a bar and lounge at its 70,000 sq ft premises on Durham Way South, Aycliffe Business Park, has now opened its state-of-the-art trampoline area.

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We’ll meet again…

Two Aycliffe Angels returned to their former place of work when they were special guests at ROF 59’s official launch.

The former Presswork Metals building was part of the huge Royal Ordnance Factory in Aycliffe which employed 17,000 people, mostly women, during World War II.

And 70 years after the end of the war, Aycliffe Angels Vera Stobbs and Joan Davies returned to the site to officially launch ROF 59 when they joined Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson during the celebrations.

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Former World War II munitions factory transformed into 21st Century activity centre

Thrill-seeking people of all ages can now enjoy a state-of-the-art activity centre which has opened on the site of a former World War II munitions factory in Newton Aycliffe.

ROF 59 is a £1.1m, 70,000 sq ft mixed-leisure complex which opened its doors on Aycliffe Business Park this week, creating 20 new jobs.

Owners Finley Structures have brought the former bullet-making factory back to life with a 10-month overhaul which has transformed the site into a 21st Century entertainment venue.

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Ex-RAF man Chris among five new staff at former bullet-making factory ROF 59

A former RAF chef is among five new members of staff who’ve taken on new roles at of one of the region’s former World War II bullet-making factories.

Five members of staff have started their new jobs at Newton Aycliffe leisure facility ROF 59, the former Presswork Metals factory which closed six years ago, which is due to re-open as a £1.1m mixed leisure facility later this month (July).

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Councillors wowed by ROF 59 plans on Aycliffe Business Park

A team of councillors were wowed by plans to create a permanent memorial to the Aycliffe Angels at one of the Royal Ordnance Factories on Aycliffe Business Park.

Six of Newton Aycliffe’s Durham County Councillors – Jed Hillary, John Clare, Kate Hopper, Eddy Adam, Joan Gray and Mike Dixon – visited the former Presswork Metals factory, which is being turned into a mixed-use leisure facility by local family construction firm Finley Structures.

The company’s Managing Director Julie Finley showed them ambitious plans to preserve the heritage and memory of the Aycliffe Angels, who worked at the ROF during World War II.

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