New Scout hall in Linlithgow Bridge unveiled after tireless effort

The 4th West Lothian Scouts opened the new and improved MacKinnon Hall
The 4th West Lothian Scouts opened the new and improved MacKinnon Hall

Scouts past and present gathered together to celebrate the opening of MacKinnon Hall at a ribbon cutting ceremony last Sunday.

The event fell on the 4th West Lothian Scouts’ 90th anniversary, and friends and family of scouts through the years met to mark the occasion.

Paul Charlton, leader of the 4th West Lothian Scouts, worked tirelessly over the past two years to raise around £200,000 to complete renovations.

Cutting the ribbon, Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop said: “This building will be a much needed resource for the people of Linlithgow Bridge, Linlithgow and the surrounding areas.

“It has been redeveloped to create an energy efficient facility for the local community.

“The town and the businesses of the town have been of huge support and have given generously.

“They still have funds to raise to support the purchase of a kitchen and other equipment so they deserve any further support the town can give.”

Paul Charlton said the day was a huge success and many scouts from throughout the years attended to get a glimpse at the new hall.

He said: “Despite the weather we had a fantastic turn out and the buzz about the place was beyond my wildest dreams.

“There was a great mix of people there including a number of ex-Scouts which was great to see. Some brought along memorabilia such as photos from the 50s and 60s, Scout ties, invites to our 50th Birthday Celebrations to name a few.

“As well as the memorabilia it was great to talk to these people who had been involved in Scouting whether it be in a Leadership capacity or as a Scout themselves.”

Anyone wishing to support the scouts can do so by registering with Easy Fundraising and selecting 4th West Lothian Scouts as a nominated charity. The site works by donating every time you shop online with top retailers. Find more information at www.easyfundraising.org.uk.