Hall together now for the final push

LINLITHGOW. Victoria Hall on Linlithgow High Street. Victoria Hall Trust on last push for  �2k before Christmas to make their plans a reality. (L to R) David Tait; Lavinia Kilbride; Alison Sweeney; William Ross

LINLITHGOW. Victoria Hall on Linlithgow High Street. Victoria Hall Trust on last push for �2k before Christmas to make their plans a reality. (L to R) David Tait; Lavinia Kilbride; Alison Sweeney; William Ross

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Another £2000 is needed if plans to resurrect the delapidated Victoria Hall on Linlithgow High Street are ever to get off the ground.

The Victoria Hall Trust have been fundraising for the last few months with a £10,000 target to fund a feasibility study into designs for a proposed community theatre or cinema with shop units.

Since a local open event in October, the Trust has gained 130 members and raised over £8000.

David Tait of the Trust said: “We have now raised over £8000 towards the target in donations and pledges, but we desperately need another £2000 before we can commission the study. Also, we have an aim of attracting up to 1000 members to demonstrate our community credibility and support to possible funders of the actual development.”

Trust member Ron Smith said there has been “overwhelming support” for the proposals adding the iconic building’s frontage had divided opinion.

He said: “Overall, the viability of keeping the front seems to be doubtful, but this issue, along with others, will be considered in the feasibility study. Other aspects of the proposal would be a possible pedestrian link to the Peel, lined by small studios and outlets for local food produce. Shop units with flats above would provide the rental income to help secure the future of the ‘community’ elements of the scheme.”

The Trust said they are communicating with owners the Cortellessa family regarding the plans which they hope to have firmed up by 2014.

To join the Trust, email victoria2013hall@gmail.com or go to their stall at the Advent Fayre on November 30.