Larne YMCA hall damaged

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The YMCA centre on Quay Street was facing a lengthy period of closure in December 1991.

This came after a wall of the adjacent building, the McNeill’s Hotel, collapsed after stormy weather in the town.

The YMCA centre was strewn with rubble and was flooded as a result of the damage.

A spokesman from the centre said at the time that the building was out of commission and it would be up to five months before it would be in use again.

He appealed for the young people who regularly used the club to be patient and to wait until it was open again.

He added that the situation over finances for the club was at crisis point and that a door to door collection would have to be carried out in 1992.