The first public meeting of the Linlithgow Victoria Hall Trust has generated £6500 for the High Street building’s regeneration.
Around 200 people viewed the Trust’s draft proposals for a community theatre/cinema, general community space and craft studios, cross-subsidised by retail/commercial units and flats on Saturday at the Burgh Halls.
Organisers hailed the event as a “great success” with claims that the vast majority of those who attended supported the plans, and nearly 100 people became members of the Trust.
The Trust need to raise around £10,000 to commission a feasibility study to determine the best way ahead for the ambitious project, and by Sunday night, around £6500 had been donated or pledged.
David Tait of the Trust said: “This level of local private commitment is fantastic and we thank everyone who has so far contributed – there have been some incredibly generous donations. However, we still face the challenge of amassing another £3500 in a very short time.
“To find out more and make a donation visit www.gofundme.com/Victoria-Hall-Linlithgow or email firstname.lastname@example.org”
Comments at the meeting covered theatre facilities, parking and neighbouring properties, while views on the frontage ranged from pleas to retain what is currently there, to calls for all traces of the famous front to go.
The Trust added that just applying for free membership would help the group attract funds further down the line.