Rocco opens Mereside Children's Centre play area with Dame Esther Rantzen!


11 May 2017

Three-year-old Rocco was joined by television presenter Esther Rantzen to cut the ribbon at the early years play zone at Mereside Children’s Centre.

He earned the honour of being the 'VIT' - Very Important Toddler, after his suggestion of ‘Little Diggers’ won a competition to name the £40,000 park.

Ms Rantzen, who is a trustee of children’s charity the NSPCC which is spearheading the Better Start project, said: “Looking around at this lovely playground and seeing children having a fantastic time, it really demonstrates that Blackpool values the children here and that the children are important, which they must be".

Tony Nicholson, CEO of FCAT said: "I am delighted to have been invited to join staff, students and parents/carers for this significant opening ceremony of the early years play zone. FCAT is grateful for this £40,000 investment which is part of a £1.6m investment in play facilities across Blackpool by Blackpool Better Start".

(Pictured above right: FCAT CEO, Tony Nicholson chats with Dame Esther Rantzen).

A selection of images from the opening ceremony can be viewed below:


Mereside Children's Centre - Little Diggers Garden Opening