A new look for Argos

4111002 SSFF argos centre 'front L - R: Christine Martin (Chair, Argos Centre), Cllr Brian Goodall, Bob MacDonald, Pauline MacDonald - at the opening of the refurbished Argos Centre, Kirkcaldy
4111002 SSFF argos centre 'front L - R: Christine Martin (Chair, Argos Centre), Cllr Brian Goodall, Bob MacDonald, Pauline MacDonald - at the opening of the refurbished Argos Centre, Kirkcaldy

A POPULAR youth centre in Kirkcaldy has officially re-opened this week after undergoing an extensive refurbishment.

The Argos Youth Centre, based in the town’s Appin Crescent, originally opened in 1969 but has only had limited decoration and modernisation work carried out - until now.

Over the last year the facility has been given a much-needed revamp.

The state-of-the-art makeover features a complete refit inside including a new kitchen, television area, pool and games room, arts and crafts area, an internet cafe area and new bike workshop.

The official re-opening on Tuesday evening was carried out by Joe Fitzpatrick, head of local and community services, Duncan Simpson, service manager for young people’s services and Councillor Brian Goodall.

Bob MacDonald (41) - who has worked as a caretaker in the facility since 1989 - was given the prestigious job of cutting the ribbon.

He was one of the first children to use the centre when he attended a playscheme there - and it has become a part of his life ever since.

Photographic display

Julie Dickson, community learning development team leader in Kirkcaldy, said over 300 people turned out for the re-opening.

“We had a photographic display of the Argos Centre through the years, which was viewed by the guests and the young people who came along,” she said.

“We also had ‘come and try’ activities for young people, such as baking cup cakes, and there was a consultation on what activities they would like to have in the centre and what they thought of the building improvements.

“As a staff team we are very passionate about the opportunity the centre affords us and fully intend to make sure we work hard to realise its potential.”

Christine Martin, chairman of the management committee, added: “It was great to catch up with the people we hadn’t seen for years and let them see the significant changes to the building.”