DURRINGTON Community Cycle Project taught people how to fix their bikes during an open day.

Professional mechanics Nigel Gardner and Colin Attle showed people of all ages how to carry out repairs at the Flintstone Barn, by the Pond Lane Recreation Ground.

The scheme has received financial support from West Sussex County Council, Adur and Worthing Councils – which own the barn – and Sussex Police.

Mr Attle said: “We’re trying to take kids away from their computers and make their bikes safe to ride.”

Mr Gardner said he found the workshop improved young people’s concentration and improved their skills to help others.

Budding mechanic Alex Turner, 12, of West Durrington, said: “I have learnt to take bikes to bits and then fix them. Now I fix all my friends’ bikes too.”

The centre is open every Tuesday from 10am to 1pm. Visitors are invited to bring along their bikes and learn how to fix them.

Volunteers keen to join the project should contact Mr Attle on 07938 644315, or email colinattle@tiscali.co.uk. Visit http://groupspaces.com/ northbrookactiongroup/