Rockfield progress creates party atmosphere

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There was a buzz around the Rockfield Centre last Friday as a celebration to mark the start of the refurbishment took place.

Representatives from architects PagePark, TSL Contractors and the major funders were there to answer any queries and share their vision for the new community hub, while councillors and local VIPs also popped along to the event which ran throughout the day.

Eleanor McKinnon (project facilitator) and Andrew Pinkerton, (project manager) are on hand as Community Trust chairman Gordon McNab cuts the celebration cake.

Gordon McNab, Oban Community Trust chairman, commented: ‘It’s been four years since we got the keys to the old Rockfield Primary School and it’s great just to be able to say to folk that the work on the main building is now under way.

‘It has been a lot of hard work and there have been a lot of twists and turns along the way but it’s a huge achievement and it will be great for people to now see the progress.

‘There is still a lot of work left to do but we can now see an end.’

Integral to raising funds was a community shares offer from which  £210,000 was raised from supporters of the project both within the town and further afield.

One of many who purchased shares was Elizabeth Smith from Glasgow who travelled up for Friday’s celebration. She told us: ‘I have been coming to Oban since I was 12 years old and now my daughter lives here.

‘I have had lots of happy times here over those years and just wanted to be able to give something back.’

Members of the public turned out in droves to find out more about the project with all in attendance enjoying a wonderful spread provided by Hope Kitchen.