A community sailing school in Queensferry looks like it has been rescued - after an appeal by a charity trust.
Edinburgh Leisure revealed recently it was pulling out of operating Port Edgar Marina and Sailing School in Queensferry because of lack of funds.
Private consortium Port Edgar Holding Ltd was granted a 30-year lease of the run-down marina by the city council’s economy committee earlier this week.
And the Scottish Sailing Trust said yesterday it has managed to raise £13,000 in less than four weeks to help save the sailing school.
The cash included a £2000 donation from Gylemuir Primary School.
A spokesman for the Trust said: “As a result of the funds collected, the Trust has found a financial backer and a bid for the watersport centre boating assets was submitted last Friday.
“The Trust aims to continue its fundraising efforts and leverage its success by applying for grants and seeking corporate sponsors to invest £160,000 in upgrading the equipment.”
The Scottish Sailing Trust was recently set up by members of the local community.
It says it aims to continue to provide a full range of courses and activities at Port Edgar to children, adults, schools and sailing clubs.
It also plans to work closely with local authorities and RYA Scotland to develop its services, particularly for disabled and disadvantaged groups.