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£1.25m Lotto boost for East End ‘Legacy Hub’ Dalmarnock centre will provide new facilities and jobs By GORDON THOMSON A £1.25million Lotto boost to Glasgow’s East End will create dozens of locals jobs.
Lottery chiefs are backing the launch of the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub, which is being built next to one of the Commonwealth Games venues. The Big Lottery Fund has handed over £1.25m towards the building costs of almost £5m for a community centre, which will include a GP surg e r y, c h i l d r e n’s nu rs e r y, chemist and shop. The services and facilities were lost during redevelopment work for the multimillion pound Emirates Arena complex, Sir Chris H o y Ve l o d r o m e a n d t h e Athletes’ Village. The lotto cash comes several months after construction work began, when Glasgow City Council agreed to sell a plot of land next to the arena for just £1 to the People’s Development Trust. Local councillor Yvonne Kucuk said: “T his awar d really is a dream come true – one which will allow us to deliver on our ambition to create a lasting legacy from the 2014 Games. “This investment in our will ensure that the project c o n t i nu e s t o d e s i g n a n d d e l ive r t h e mu c h n e e d e d services that will help change and shape the lives of people in the communities of the East End for generations to come.
Work on the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub has already begun. The centre is due to open next year “The legacy hub will provide up to 60 jobs as well as a nursery school, GP surgery, pharmacy, community cafe and shops and community space and a prog ramme of community activities for all local residents, from kids’ clubs to employability support and training.” M a u r e e n M c G i n n , wh o chairs Big Lottery Fund Scotland, added: “Our Growing C o m mu n i t y A s s e t s f u n d shows just wha t can be achieved when a g roup of people are encouraged to take control of, and develop, their own local assets. “The new Dalmarnock
Legacy Hub is a wonderful example of a community owned and managed project that will have a huge impact on the regeneration of this part of Glasgow’s East End. “On top of that, it will also leave a lasting legacy from
This shows what can be achieved when people take control of their own local assets the 2014 Games tha t will continue to bring new social and economic opportunities to local people for years to come.”
RANGERS boss Ally McCoist handed over cheques totalling £75,000 to four charities on behalf of the Rangers Charity Foundation. Learning disabilities charity ENABLE Scotland and The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice were among those who benefitted from Rangers manager Ally McCoist with from left - Heather Hanson, (Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice), pensioner Douglas Cameron, the fund. Jen Niven (Enable Scotland) and Walter Barclay (SSAFA)
The community led project has attracted £2.3m in funding from the Scottish Government and another £1.2m from Clyde Gateway chiefs, who are tasked with regenerating the East End. Building work began in December but the partially completed centre – with walls, roof and windows expected to be in place – will be mothballed during the G a m e s. T h e D a l m a r n o ck Legacy Hub is scheduled to open its doors in January. There’s never been a local children’s nursery but one will be set-up at the hub and locals who have undergone
Picture: Colin Mearns college training are expected to be recruited to staff it. Rental income from a GP surgery, chemist and shop will help meet the hub’s bills. T raining providers and other agencies will also be encouraged to hold classes in the centre, to encourage local people and especially teenagers to try to achieve their full potential. Ms Kucuk believes the hub will be a catalyst to help locals free themselves from the poverty trap and to think the unthinkable “go to university, train for work and live a productive life.” email@example.com
3 arrested over Old Firm youth game THREE football fans were arrested after trouble broke out at an Old Firm youth match. As reported in later editions of yesterday’s Evening Times, flares were let off at the match at Celtic Park on Monday evening. Around 7000 supporters turned out for the under-17s match and police reinforcements had to move in to restore or der among sections of the crowd. Three men were arrested and CCTV footage is being reviewed in a bid to trace others responsible. Officers said an inquiry has been launched and any witnesses are asked to come forward. A spokeswoman said: “Three people were arrested and several pyrotechnics were let off. “Inquiries are continuing to trace those responsible.” Witnesses said some sections of the crowd paid no attention to the game, and stood with their backs to the game as they shouted at their rivals. The match saw Celtic lift the Glasgow Cup trophy with a 1-0 win over Rangers.
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Date for Sandy send-off THE funeral of Rangers great Sandy Jardine will take place on Friday. Family, friends and other mourners will gather at Mortonhall Crematorium at 10am in the main chapel for the service. His family have requested no flowers but donations may be made to the cancer charity Marie Curie. The former Ranger, Hearts and Scotland footballer lost his 18-month fight with liver cancer last Thursday evening, at the age of 65. Considered one of the finest
Sandy Jardine’s funeral will take place on Friday defenders ever to emerge from Scotland, Edinburgh-born Sandy Jardine made almost 800 appearances for the Ibrox side, where he won a number of major honours. He later served the club in a
non-playing capacity after fin a l ly c a l l i n g t i m e o n h i s distinguished playing career. and held various roles a t Rangers – within public relations, as well as marketing and sales. He was also capped 38 times by his country and captained the national team on nine occasions. He is survived by his wife, Shona, his two children, Steven and Nicola, and grandchildren. In November 2012, it was confirmed that he had been diagnosed with cancer.