VISITORS joined Basildon mayor Mo Larkin at a leisure centre’s grand re-opening after months of works.

The Place, in Northlands Pavement, Pitsea, has undergone a transformation, since work started in February.

The refurbishment saw a new foyer created and the cafe improved.

Free activities on the day, including pilates, karate, jujitsu, craft classes, and a bouncy castle, entertained youngsters.

Information was also provided to over-50s on which fitness classes they can get join.

Tory Terri Sargent, Basildon councillor responsible for the community, said: “This is a great opportunity to promote all our services, encourage new users and for our current users to increase their memberships.”