Argos Centre all set for new era

KIRKCALDY;'Julie Dixon, Bob McDonald and Cllr Alice Soper outside the Argos centre which is reopening again after refurbishment.'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
KIRKCALDY;'Julie Dixon, Bob McDonald and Cllr Alice Soper outside the Argos centre which is reopening again after refurbishment.'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
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A KIRKCALDY caretaker has been chosen to open one of the town’s most popular youth centres - after attending clubs there since he was seven.

Bob McDonald (41) has been given the prestigious job of cutting the ribbon at the official re-launch of the Argos Youth Centre, following an extensive renovation.

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

He said. “I have lots of memories of going on trips and of it being a great place to see everyone.

‘‘I met my wife Pauline in the centre at one of the discos around 25 years ago.”

Bob took a job as the caretaker in 1989, and now his own children have grown up using it. For the management committee, it meant he was the perfect choice for the official re-opening.

“I feel really excited and quite proud,” Bob continued. “There’s such a difference now it’s all been done up - it’s great.”

The state-of-the-art makeover involved a complete re-fit inside, including a new kitchen, TV area, a pool and games room, an arts and crafts area and a brand new bike workshop.

Christine Martin, chairman of the management committee for the centre, said: “We are pleased to see the work is now complete and it truly is a centre for the wider community to be proud of.

‘‘We want to encourage young people to visit the centre, see what is available and we welcome their suggestions on how to develop a diverse programme of activities.”

Councillor Alice Soper, chairman of the Kirkcaldy area committee, told the Press the refurbishment would be beneficial not just for young people today, but also for future generations.

Julie Dickson, community learning development team leader in Kirkcaldy, said: “The Argos Centre has had a significant investment and it’s come full circle since it first opened in 1969, going back to being a youth centre again.

‘‘With everything now up-to-date, there are lots of exciting opportunities on the horizon.”

The centre is now looking for old photos and stories that people may want to contribute to the opening day on October 11.