A NEW community house offering support to residents in part of Hartlepool was opened yesterday.

The ceremony at Cornerstone House, Perth Street, was performed by the Mayor, Stuart Drummond.

The property is owned by Hartlepool Borough Council and is run by the Brougham Area Residents' Association (Bara), which is being allowed to use it free.

It provides drop-in facilities and offers people of all ages a place to meet where they can take part in a range of events and activities.

Resident Muriel Boreland, who was instrumental in setting up the facility, said: "The kids say they think it is brilliant and the parents say it is the best thing that has ever happened to the area."

Mr Drummond said: "This is a true community project, one that is run by residents for residents.

"I wish them every success in the future, and hope the project continues to go from strength to strength."