We’re going up the wall

Leigh Topping in one of the new climbing rooms at ROKT, Sugdens Mill, Brighouse. With managers Chris Edmondson and Ed Bailey.
Leigh Topping in one of the new climbing rooms at ROKT, Sugdens Mill, Brighouse. With managers Chris Edmondson and Ed Bailey.
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The founders of a new climbing gym which will occupy a former flour mill have announced an opening date.

The ROKT centre, at the old Sugden’s Flour Mill in Mill Royd Street, Brighouse will open on 2 April.

Best friends Leigh Topping, 40, and Euan Noble, 45, the two men behind the scheme, said they were delighted with the progress that the wall had made.

“It is really taking shape – the design fits perfectly with the building and we have had nothing but positive feedback from those who have seen it,” said Leigh.

“It’s a bigger project than we could ever have planned for but we will be open on 2nd of April,” he said.

The wall will host its first competition between Bradford and Huddersfield University climbing teams on April 6 and will host former Indoor British Climbing Champion and TV star Leo Holding on 16 April.

The first person to climb in the new centre, which boasts a 20metre high climbing wall and 15 small ‘bouldering’ walls, will be Hannah Bond, the daughter of the late Brighouse Town Clerk, John R Liddle.

“The history of the mill is important and that of Brighouse too. Hannah is hugely supportive of ROKT and has been to keen to help out leading up to launch,” said Leigh.

The new wall is expected to bring in climbers at all levels from across Yorkshire.