COMMUNICATIONS giant TalkTalk has formed an unlikely partnership with the East Neuk Community Centre.
The telephone and broadband provider, which has sponsored the likes of Big Brother and the X Factor in the past, has signed up to give a financial boost to the Anstruther centre.
TalkTalk will invest £50,000 in the centre over the next 12 months with the funding being used to pay for internet access for guests.
Alongside this sponsorship deal, TalkTalk is investing a further £50,000 in technology to bring broadband offers to Anstruther and Pittenweem.
Martin Dibley, trustee at the centre, told the Mail: “At the East Neuk Community Centre our team is providing a range of services and facilities to the local community.
“We offer something for everyone.
“The financial support from TalkTalk is fantastic and will allow us to provide internet for our many users.”
The centre caters for the recreation, education and leisure facilities for the burghs of Anstruther, Cellardyke, Kilrenny and beyond.
It comprises of three buildings – the East Neuk centre itself which incorporates the Erskine Hall and Anstruther Town Hall.
The centre acts as a hub for many local weekly and monthly groups and societies after originally being set up as a youth club in 1970.
TalkTalk says it is expanding its Next Generation Network in the area, which gives customers access to fast, reliable broadband services for all of a family’s needs.
Tristia Clarke, commercial director at TalkTalk, said: “We are proud to be supporting the fantastic work being done at the East Neuk Community Centre.
“The centre is a hub for community activities and a real asset to the area.
“We wish the community centre every success with its endeavours over the coming months”.
The upgrade in equipment is part of TalkTalk’s national programme to roll out its Next Generation Network (NGN) across the country.
To date TalkTalk has spent £600m nationally and will cover 93 per cent of the country when the roll out is completed later this year.
By installing TalkTalk’s own equipment in the local exchange, TalkTalk says it can offer even better value services and innovative products to its customers.
A few years after opening in the ‘70s there was a need to expand both the facilities and the programme at the centre due to its success.
The Erskine Hall, which started life out as a church and was at one time a shirt factory, was sitting vacant next door so was added in 1980.
In 2003 the opportunity arose to add the facilities of Anstruther Town Hall.
The entire building was refurbished and was reopened in September 2006. It also houses houses the learning centre and library.