A NEW slipway expected to make "great difference" to the community has opened at Penmaenmawr.
Members of the town's sailing club and civic dignitaries attended the official opening of a new slipway on Penmaenmawr beach, which cost £96,000.
Work, which was funded by groups such as Visit Wales and the European Regional Development Fund, began in February and was completed by April.
Now slipway users are hopeful that the new facility will encourage more sailing in the area.
Gerry Frobisher, commodore for Penmaenmawr Sailing Club, said: "The sailing club uses the slipway on a regular basis for our youth training programme as well as our club and open races throughout the year.
"The club members, visiting sailors and other water sport enthusiasts will benefit from the refurbishment and I’m sure the investment will encourage more people, particularly beginners, to try water sports in this beautiful area."
He added that the club would be celebreating its 50-year anniversary on Satuday, June 9 and would hold an open day for amateur sailors to join them. Janet Johnson, tourism development officer with Conwy Council, said: “The extended slipway with its safe, smooth approach onto the beach will improve access for families, children and disabled visitors, and encourage more people to enjoy the delights of Penmaenmawr’s coastline”
Cllr Vivienne Mooney, mayor of Penmaenmawr, added: “As a community we were asked by the Destination Conwy Action Plan what would make a difference in our area.
“The refurbishment of the crumbling slipway at Penmaenmawr received a great deal of support. The new slipway will make a great difference to Penmaenmawr as a whole”.
For more information on Penmaenmawr Sailing Club and how to become a member contact club secretary Glenn Williams on Penmaenmawr 01492 622844 or visit www.pensailing.co.uk