DEVASTATED staff from Sheffield Ski Village – which was destroyed by a huge fire last weekend – have launched a campaign to see it reopen.
Project Ashes aims to bring together former employees and customers to share their memories and photographs of the complex.
Members hope their support for the facility at Parkwood Springs, could see it open again in future and have set up a Facebook group.
Kitchen assistant David Keen told The Star he felt ‘very low and emotional’ after the fire in the early hours of Sunday.
He added: “On Monday morning we all gathered outside the still smouldering ski village, and stood there in total amazement.”
Lauren Sayles, another member of staff, said workers were ‘saddened’.
She added: “We have set up a Facebook group ‘Re-open Sheffield Ski Village’ to bring all staff past and present and customers to leave photos old and new, and their memories, praying their support will achieve something.”
The reception area function rooms, shop and bowling alley were all destroyed in the fire – affecting children’s parties and a wedding reception which was scheduled for today.
Karl and Natalie Smith found an alternative venue at Magna in Rotherham after The Star highlighted their plight.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and investigations are continuing.
Since then two more small blazes have broken out at the site, one on Monday and a third fire yesterday started deliberately on open grassland at the side of the slopes.
Vicky Lloyd general manager said the site was unsafe and unauthorised visitors would be arrested.
She said: “Police are providing regular patrols and have the authority to enter and monitor comings and goings. Trespassers will be prosecuted.”
“We are hoping to have the slope up and running as soon as possible thanks to a voluntary members club.”