New Pavilion ‘has to serve Bute community’

Rothesay Pavilion Charity's chief executive and artistic director, Julia Twomlow.
Rothesay Pavilion Charity's chief executive and artistic director, Julia Twomlow.

Rothesay Pavilion must meet the desires of the people who live on Bute when it re-opens in 2017, according to the new chief executive of the charity set up to run the famous building.

Julia Twomlow started work as the Rothesay Pavilion Charity’s new chief executive and artistic director on November 2 - and Mrs Twomlow told The Buteman this week that she had no intention of telling the community on Bute what it’ll get from the new-look Pavilion.

“The Pavilion is an extraordinary building,” she said. “And it’s so visibly needed, and wanted, in the community. So I’m planning to listen to how the community sees it, and how they want it to be.

“There are lots of plans and ideas, but it has to really serve the community.”

The Pavilion’s doors were closed on september 27 this year at the start of a major £9 million refurbishment funded by, among others, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, Argyll and Bute Council and both the Scottish and UK governments.

* Read our interview with Julia Twomlow in full in the November 13 edition of The Buteman - on sale now.