Return town hall to former glory and give it a new name!

Kirkintilloch Town Hall
Kirkintilloch Town Hall

A ROYAL makeover could be on the cards for a run-down landmark building in East Dunbartonshire.

A restored Kirkintilloch Town Hall could be renamed Jubilee Hall.

Campaigners would like to use the name to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.

The Queen visited Kirkintilloch in the 1960s and the town hall building sits in Union Street, close to Queen Street and Victoria Street.

David Whitton, a member of Kirkintilloch Town Hall Preservation Trust, said: “Our chairman, Geoff Allan, is going to write to Buckingham Palace to ask if they would be okay with us using the name for the refurbished building.

“It would be our contribution to the Jubilee year. However, a lot still depends on whether or not the hall can be saved.”

Trust members met last week to discuss the next steps in the campaign to restore the hall, which was closed by East Dunbartonshire Council in 2004.

The majority of residents who responded to the recent questionnaire in the Herald said the town hall should be saved.

Preservation Trust members recently visited Maryhill Burgh Halls to see how they have been brought back to life and to get ideas for the Kirkintilloch building.

Mr Whitton said: “Following our visit to Maryhill Burgh Halls we are more determined to try and raise the money to refurbish the hall.

“We are hoping to build up more support based on the responses from the questionnaire in the Herald.

“It’s clear that a large number of people think the building should be saved.

“We’re also thinking of having a public meeting at some stage and looking at fundraising events as well.

“An idea that has been mentioned before is having a cinema space, and various groups are always looking for a place to meet.”

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