The widespread delight on Bute and beyond at this week’s news of a £3 million-plus grant for the rebirth of Rothesay Pavilion looks likely to last for a while yet.
Among the latest figures to welcome the Heritage Lottery Fund’s announcement on Tuesday are figures from across the political spectrum, including local Liberal Democrat MP Alan Reid.
“It is wonderful news that the Pavilion team have secured all the funding needed for the refurbishment,” Mr Reid said.
“I congratulate the team behind the bids on their many successful applications. I am delighted that they have reached the target amount and Rothesay will see its iconic Pavilion restored to its former glory.”
Local SNP councillor Isobel Strong added: “I am delighted that the £3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund has now been approved. This, the largest contribution, means that the major redesign and refurbishing of the Pavilion can start later this year.
“I would like to thank the Pavilion board and the council staff who have all worked very hard to get to this stage - and this is just the beginning!”
Jamie McGrigor, Conservative MSP for the Highlands and Islands, said: “This is tremendous news for Rothesay and for Bute as a whole and a real boost to the community.
“I know the Pavilion building well having been at many events in it over the years and I agree that it is a wonderful building and one of the most important examples of a surviving Art Deco building in Scotland.
“I pay tribute to all those individuals who have worked so hard to secure the funding support from various agencies.
“As I argued in my member’s debate in the Scottish Parliament last month, tackling Bute’s continuing depopulation challenge must be a priority for all policy makers and investments like the revamp of such an iconic Bute building are an important part of boosting the local economy, attracting more tourists and turning round depopulation.”