Cin­ema star of the show at her­itage awards bash

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS - Han­nah O’Han­lon edi­tor@camp­bel­town­

Roll out the red car­pet for Camp­bel­town Com­mu­nity Busi­ness Ltd (CCB) which has won a Scot­tish award for its restora­tion of Camp­bel­town Pic­ture House (CPH). CCB re­ceived the award for best ma­jor re­gen­er­a­tion of a his­toric build­ing or place, for projects in ex­cess of £2 mil­lion, for its restora­tion of the cat­e­gory A-listed cin­ema in the Scot­tish Her­itage An­gel Awards 2018. Hosted by broad­caster and writer Sally Mag­nus­son at the City Cham­bers in Glas­gow, the cer­e­mony saw win­ning groups, in­di­vid­u­als, vol­un­teers and pro­fes­sion­als in five award cat­e­gories crowned in a cel­e­bra­tion of their roles in car­ing for the na­tion’s his­toric en­vi­ron­ment. In 1987, CCB took over the own­er­ship and oper­a­tion of CPH, which was built in 1913. By that point, it was in need of restora­tion and up­grad­ing to suit a mod­ern au­di­ence. In De­cem­ber last year, the re­fit­ted cin­ema, com­plete with a sec­ond screen, con­fer­ence space and café, was un­veiled af­ter £3.5 mil­lion of restora­tions. Jane Mayo, chair­man of CCB, added: ‘With­out tremen­dous lo­cal sup­port and more than 30 years of care from all those in­volved in the Pic­ture House, CCB was in the po­si­tion to achieve the Cen­te­nary Project, with the help of a team of ex­cep­tional pro­fes­sion­als. ‘This en­abled the re-cre­ation of our his­toric, spe­cial cin­ema.’ Ron Inglis, project man­ager at CCB, said: ‘The Pic­ture House is Kin­tyre’s cul­tural and en­ter­tain­ment hub, a build­ing the town is im­mensely proud of and a vi­brant part of lo­cal life. ‘So it is won­der­ful for the Camp­bel­town com­mu­nity to have the Pic­ture House win at the the Scot­tish Her­itage An­gel Awards 2018. ‘The town has ben­e­fited from sev­eral re­gen­er­a­tion projects over the past decade but the Pic­ture House is ar­guably the most prom­i­nent and win­ning a pres­ti­gious award recog­nises the tremen­dous ef­forts to give the cin­ema new life.’ Launched in 2014, the Scot­tish Her­itage An­gel Awards are funded by the An­drew Lloyd Web­ber Foun­da­tion (ALWF), and run by the Scot­tish Civic Trust (SCT) in part­ner­ship with His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land (HES) and Ar­chae­ol­ogy Scot­land. Su­san O’Con­nor, direc­tor of the SCT, said: ‘In their com­ments, the judges com­mended the in­no­va­tion, per­se­ver­ance, ded­i­ca­tion and vi­sion of those in­volved in these projects and they all de­serve huge praise for their achieve­ments.’ Alex Pater­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of HES, said: ‘It is al­ways a priv­i­lege to hear first-hand the pas­sion and ex­per­tise of those who have ded­i­cated so much time and en­ergy to car­ing for Scot­land’s her­itage and the pos­i­tive im­pact these projects make on their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.’ The awards in Scot­land are aligned with An­gel Awards in Eng­land, North­ern Ireland and Wales. CCB will now be con­sid­ered for the prize of over­all win­ner along­side its English, Ir­ish and Welsh coun­ter­parts at a Lon­don cer­e­mony on Novem­ber 27.

Pho­to­graph: Greg Macvean.

David and Jane Mayo of CCB at the awards cer­e­mony.

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