Royal opening for Nairn Community Centre
The regeneration of Nairn Town Centre was given a huge boost today (Wednesday) with the Royal opening of the town’s new arts/community centre.
HRH The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the £3.6 million complex on King Street, adjacent to the town’s police station.
The new complex features a state of the art cultural venue of lasting benefit to residents and visitors alike, with seating for 300, as well as multi-purpose meeting rooms, a pre-school nursery, music room, photography darkroom, offices and youth café. The project was promoted by The Highland Council and Nairn Community Centre Development Company. Work was carried out by contracting firm, John A. Jack Contracts, Nairn.
Convener Councillor Sandy Park said: “This state of the art building at the hub of the community is a credit to the town. It will be a terrific resource for local people and the many tourists who visit our seaside resort every year.”
Provost Liz MacDonald echoed the Convener’s enthusiasm for the new community asset. She said: “This is a great day for Nairn. Our thanks go to all the funding agencies and the public of Nairn who have contributed so generously.”
Jim Clark, Chairman of Nairn Community Centre Development Company, agreed with the sentiments of the Convener and Provost. He said: “Thanks goes to The Highland Council for their support of this exciting project. The facility will be run by the community through an independent Board of Directors of a charitable company and for the benefit of the Community of Nairn. This day has been a long time in coming and it is pleasing to see the fruits of our labour finally achieved, and the first step to the town’s regeneration. All are welcome to visit the new nairn Community Centre.”
The former Community Centre, located on the opposite side of King Street, is earmarked for demolition to accommodate parking at the proposed new Somerfield supermarket. who have also purchased the Regal bar, former cinema and petrol station in the town.