That’s the spirit after fire blow

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A youth centre which was 
attacked by arsonists is to open an extension just three weeks late, following a massive community effort.

The Drop Inn Centre’s Jam Jar Music Studio was gutted by a fire in December, affecting the electricity to the Derwent Street building. It happened the night before the revamp work was due to start.

The setback meant organisers – who had won a competition for a grant to carry out the £5,000 project – had to put back the studio opening while the building was made safe and rebuilt.

However young people, volunteers and local businesses all gave their time to get the project back on track, with the opening ceremony now due tomorrow, March 21.

Drop Inn founder Andrea Fox said: “It’s sheer determination that has helped us complete this project. When it happened we were obviously disappointed but at the same time we knew that this wasn’t going to stop us.

“We wanted to prove people wrong and show that nothing would prevent this from happening. It would have been too easy to just say 
forget it.

“The support from local people has been absolutely fanatastic. With the help of many local businesses, people working weekends and offers of help we have finished just three weeks later than our original deadline, which is amazing.”

Among those to have contributed were Amber Valley Fencing, electrician Mel Evans and Ben Sanders Flooring, along with the hard work of young people and volunteers.

The new Jam Jar studio features recording equipment, a staging area and even sound reactive stools which change colour.

Drop Inn users will be able to record there, learn how to DJ and receive lessons from peer mentors. During the opening day from 1pm to 6pm there will be entertainment and the chance to jam for musicians.

Between 6pm and 9.30pm, under 18s are invited.