Cromer surfing complex to be housed in former toilet block

Stu Thompson (left), North Norfolk Surf Lifesaving Club, and Ben Kewell (right), Glide Surf School, outside the front of a toilet block in Cromer, Norfolk, that will become the town's new surfing facility
Image caption Stuart Thompson (left) and Ben Kewell (right) will work side-by-side at Cromer's new surfing complex

A redundant toilet block on the north Norfolk coast is being transformed into a seaside town's new surfing facility.

Work began on Monday to turn the building on Cromer seafront into a surf school and lifesaving club, with tenants due to move in next Spring.

Ben Kewell from Glide Surf School said the complex would be the first of its kind in the region.

The building's transformation is expected to cost North Norfolk District Council £67,000.

Mr Kewell said future plans include changing rooms and shower facilities being built around the back of the block.

The two parties came to a decision that the surf school would occupy the former gents half of the building, with the North Norfolk Surf Life Saving Club being housed in the larger ladies half.

The toilet block closed in 2006.

Peter Battrick from the district council said it was "really good news for the town" and the facility would put Cromer "firmly on the surfing map".

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