Introducing No. 9 Esplanade – new era for historic Kirkcaldy venue

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Kirkcaldy’s former YWCA has a new name for a new era post lockdown as it forges head with plans to step outside and make full use of the newly created waterfront plaza.

The Live Lounge is now part of No. 9 Esplanade – the working title of the whole place.

Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy the charity group which runs the building – along with the former ABC Cinema – has secured further funding to develop the pedestrian area and turn it into a place to meet and eat, as well as possible performance area.

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The plaza was created as part of the waterfront development, and is intended to be a focal point looking out to the Forth.

No 9 Esplanade - the former Kirkcaldy YWCA (Pic: john Murray)No 9 Esplanade - the former Kirkcaldy YWCA (Pic: john Murray)
No 9 Esplanade - the former Kirkcaldy YWCA (Pic: john Murray)

This week, the trust secured funding to help it maximise its new outdoor space.

It came from the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisation’s ‘Adapt & Thrive’ grant set up to help third sector organisations cope with COVID-19.

The funding will allow the team behind the project to provide quality catering in the area directly in front of the old YW.

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John Murray, chairman of the trust, said: “We can now commission tables and chairs and decorative planters using sustainable materials and local carpenters to add greenery and privacy to patrons who daily walk the promenade.

He added: ““Fife Coastal Path and measured mile along the Esplanade has become the exercise of choice for many Fifers and more so with the better weather.

"It is hoped that up to three new jobs can be created according to demand.”

It’s the latest boost for the trust which is aiming to relaunch the facilities at the Live Lounge as soon as it is safe to do so after the pandemic forced it to close its doors just as it was starting to create a buzz in town.

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It first opened in in November 2019 and hosted live music, comedy, events, and private hires along with weekly classes for yoga, dance, and tai chi.

It had many bookings in its diary before complete lockdown in March 2020.

The Adapt & Thrive programme aims to assist third sector organisations cope with Covid-19 while projecting new safe ways to work while remaining financially secure.

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