Princess Royal opens Jersey youth arts centre

Princess Royal at the opening of the Jersey Youth Arts Centre
Image caption The St James Centre has taken five years to complete and also features an art gallery

A new £2.3m youth arts centre has been opened in Jersey by the Princess Royal.

The St James Centre was built in a converted church in St Helier and will include a performance space, studios, rehearsal rooms and a radio station.

The youth inquiry service will be in the former rectory next door and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme will be based in a former primary school behind the church.

Youth officer Mark Capern said it was the culmination of five years' work.

He said: "From the scaffold-covered building three years ago, we've produced a phenomenal facility for both young people and the wider arts community in a reinvented, unique heritage site."

While in the island Princess Anne also visited the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, where she unveiled a plaque marking the 90th anniversary of the birth of its founder Gerald Durrell.

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