Theatre back at heart of town ....

official opening: Staff at the revamped Lochgelly Centre: Liz Milne, library assistant, Ann Belton, library supervisor, Maria McNeish, On at Fife, and Lucy Drysdale, library Assistant and Leanne Boyling and Fiona Simpson, local service advisors.
official opening: Staff at the revamped Lochgelly Centre: Liz Milne, library assistant, Ann Belton, library supervisor, Maria McNeish, On at Fife, and Lucy Drysdale, library Assistant and Leanne Boyling and Fiona Simpson, local service advisors.
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THE NEWLY revamped Lochgelly Centre will officially open its doors on Valentine’s Day.

The facility will formally open on February 14 - but locals won’t need to wait until then to see how it looks as finishing touches are now being made inside with staff preparing for a “soft” opening on January 23.

That week, the library, local office information services, box office and café will open for the public with other services, including the theatre, arts classes and ICT Centre set to open in the weeks leading up to the official opening.

The new centre is bigger and better than ever and will give Fifers the chance to access a wide range of Council services in addition to the theatre and arts classes it’s already well known for.

Extension

A new single storey glass fronted extension houses the modern library and reception area, with the existing building fully refurbished to include a revised layout of the café, toilets and meeting facilities.

The heating and ventilation systems for the theatre, sports hall and studio have also been replaced with an energy efficient plant.

Councillor Brian Goodall, chairman of the housing and communities committee, said: “2012 will be the beginning of the Lochgelly Centre’s new life and I’m sure it will still remain at the heart of the community. There will be more on offer than ever before and I’m really looking forward to the Centre opening its doors once again.”

Impressed

Local councillor Willie Clarke added: “I’m sure that the community will be really impressed with the new facility. I hope more people than ever before will visit it and make use of it and that the new Lochgelly Centre will help play a part in the regeneration of the town centre.”

The facility will be managed by ON at Fife.

Stuart Cross, chairman of ON at Fife, said: “All our staff are delighted that the Lochgelly Centre is so close to opening. I extend a very warm welcome to the whole community to pop in from next week and to join us for the full opening on February 14 so that they can meet the staff and see the improvements we’ve made.”