The Ulverston Sports and Social Club and Leisure Centre have been a hub of activity on Priory Road for many years now, playing a big part in keeping the town's population active.

The Mail has been there for many of its ups and downs, with a fire that gutted the Social Club's concert room in 1988 definitely amongst the latter.

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There was a long delay in repairing the damage, thanks to a dispute with an insurance company, who for months refused to pay more than £60,000 for the work.

Thankfully, there was a happy ending to all this, and just over a year to the day from the blaze, the new clubhouse was ready to open in October 1989.

The redesigned function room included alcove seating, a bar, stage raised seating area, a suspended ceiling and a dancefloor covered with 30 lights.

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The Mail was there when a new feature at the outdoor leisure complex, which cost £1.3 million to develop, was opened in 1990.

A new bowling green and this was christened by a match between the Police Club, for whom this was to be their home green, and Walney Park.

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Leisure and tourism officer Graham Tyrer said: "I am very pleased with what has been achieved at the Priory Road complex. It's marvellous.

"There isn't another like it in the north of England."

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By 1996, Ulverston Leisure Centre was somewhere children with school holiday time on their hands could head to to enjoy a host of sporting activities and there was a long waiting list for places in the centre's swimming lessons.