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OLYMPIC star Tina Cook officially opened a nursery to celebrate its first six months.

Green Roots Nursery and Pre-School, on Main Road, Southbourne, has grown since opening last October.

(l-r) Green Roots manager Gemma Lawson with Theo Thomson-Parry (2), Olympic silver medalist Tina Cook and Luke Pendry (3) at the official opening making Olympic torches.''Picture: Sarah Standing (14951-8871) PPP-140329-190854001

(l-r) Green Roots manager Gemma Lawson with Theo Thomson-Parry (2), Olympic silver medalist Tina Cook and Luke Pendry (3) at the official opening making Olympic torches.''Picture: Sarah Standing (14951-8871) PPP-140329-190854001

And to mark its great success, the staff invited Olympic equestrian silver medallist Tina Cook to have a look around.

The nursery decided to hold an open day too, to invite families to get a taste of the nursery.

Manager Gemma Lawson said: ‘We opened the nursery last October but we thought we would mark six months of success with an official opening.

‘We invited Tina Cook down to help us celebrate and cut the ribbon.

‘But we also thought it would be good to have an open day seeing as we have been open for a few months now and it would give interested parents the chance to see who we are.’

Deputy manager Bethan Davies added: ‘The family day is a great opportunity for parents to have a look at the facilities and meet the team here while the children are being entertained.

‘We had plenty of games and competitions going on indoors and outdoors in the gardens and play areas.’

Staff at Green Roots came up with lots of activities to mark Tina’s visit.

These including crafts and colouring in pictures of horses.

Tina said: ‘It has been exciting to open the Green Roots Nursery.

‘I enjoyed the tour and they have a lovely space here for the children.’

Gemma added: ‘We had a lot of Olympic-themed activities including making Olympic torches, painting the Olympic rings and we drew a giant horse for the children to colour to mark having Tina here.

‘It was very exciting when she agreed to come along and open the nursery for us and we have all been looking forward to it.’

The nursery has grown from 13 children to nearly 50 in six months.

Gemma said: ‘It has been great that word about us is spreading and it’s all positive.

‘We have a great space here with a lovely garden and we’re glad the parents like it.’