Youngsters were VIPS as they helped open a new £550,000 Sure Start centre.

Sophie Lawther, two, and James Kinghorn, three, cut a rainbow ribbon to open the centre, off Kirkleatham Street, Redcar.

It is the third facility to be opened in Sure Start's Redcar Coast and Dormanstown area, and has two well-equipped children's rooms, a creche for up to 30 children, consulting and training rooms as well as an outdoor children's play area.

Sure Start programme manager Frances White said: "This is a very proud day for everyone connected with the centre.

"We're delighted local families will have the opportunity to access the facilities on offer and celebrate the beginning of something very special."