Sir George formally opened Merlin's Kingdom, at the Andover Leisure Centre. "Valley Leisure, who run the Andover Leisure Centre has recently spent £20,000 renovating this soft play centre for children under 11. "This is clearly a very popular centre, and it was good to see it full on the day it was formally opened." At the opening were Linda Arnold, Sport and Activity Development Manager at Andover Leisure Centre, Kevin Paterson, Valley Leisure Chief Executive, and Sandie Cartwright. Sandy is the South West Regional Coordinator from Scotty's Little Soldiers - a charity that supports children whose military parents have been killed or injured in action. A cheque was handed over to the charity by Kevin Paterson. They were joined by Merlin, shown in the picture, to add atmosphere to the opening of Merlin's Kingdom.
"Merlin's Kingdom is aimed at giving children a fun place to play and, keeping them active, this helps tackle child obesity, which is a problem in Andover as everywhere else."