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Teens bid farewell as youth club shuts its doors

PUBLISHED: 21:31 22 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:28 05 October 2010

Hazira Begum is straight to the point (top) while wannabe DJs Shuheb Ali and Koyesa Ahmed get in the groove

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Carmen Valino

TEENAGERS held a farewell party for their youth centre after the shock of facing eviction’ in London’s East End. They were told earlier this year that Bethnal Green’s Wessex Centre was being closed down. Friday was the last night for the centre, so they held a celebration’ with archery, skateboarding, and a disco

TEENAGERS held a farewell party for their youth centre after the shock of facing 'eviction' in London's East End

They were told earlier this year that Bethnal Green's Wessex Centre was being closed down.

The building in Hadleigh-street, off Cambridge Heath-road, was wanted for a new Tower Hamlets Sixth Form college being set up.

The youngsters who take part in three projects in the center protested over the past few months and raised concerns.

One group of the older members met Tower Hamlets Deputy Mayor, Head of the Youth Service and other councillors and negotiated a deal.

The centre has now been given alternative accommodation at nearby Harpley School for 12 months, while the Wessex building is being converted.

The older members also received an award from the Town Hall for 'making a positive contribution' to the social fabric and community life of the East End, as role models for the younger members.

Friday was the last night for the centre, so they held a 'celebration' with indoor archery, skateboarding, problem solving and a 'talking wall'-as well as dishing out awards to those who have made an impact and supported the center over the years.

They start their new summer programme at Harpley School on Monday.

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