Supermarket anniversary leads to boost for Linton Lane

ASDA present Linton Lane with cheque for �7725 to refurbish the main hall - 'Credit -  Fife Photo Agency
ASDA present Linton Lane with cheque for �7725 to refurbish the main hall - 'Credit - Fife Photo Agency

A popular Kirkcaldy community centre is delighted to be the first to share Asda’s 50th birthday celebrations with the supermarket.

Linton Lane Centre in Templehall was one of just two in Scotland to receive a visit from the store’s #asdacakemyday tour, in honour of the milestone.

To mark the company’s 50th anniversary, it decided to ‘cake’ people’s day – treating customers, colleagues and communities to a special cake plus a grant of £7725 from the Asda Foundation.

The tour visited Linton Lane Centre on Monday when it was greeted by a crowd of staff and centre users, including local groups keen to join in the birthday party.

Asda in Kirkcaldy asked its customers and store staff to nominate local community projects.

And Linton Lane received the most votes in the public poll.

Stephen Gallagher, store manager, said: “We wanted to give back to a deserving cause in Kirkcaldy as a huge thank you for the work they do in the community – and Linton Lane Centre really fitted the bill.

“Everybody loves a party and a slice of cake, and as it’s our 50th birthday we wanted to celebrate with everyone who has helped make Asda what it is today.”

The cake was delivered by Jean Ritchie, Asda’s community champion, who is a well-known figure at Linton Lane where she has delivered donations to the many community groups which use the premises.

Set up in 1988, the Asda Foundation aims to have a positive impact on local communities, by providing support to a range of local good causes across the UK.

Mandy Henderson, centre manager said: “Asda has been a strong supporter of our centre for many years and it was nice because we will also be celebrating our 50th birthday next year.

“We plan to use the grant, along with another from Fife Council community grants to install a false ceiling in our main hall.

‘‘It is very high and a lower ceiling with new lighting will make it more multi-purpose and give better acoustics for things like fundraisers and parties.

‘‘We are also putting in a divider partition to allow us more flexible use of the hall.”