THE bid to breathe new life into Millport Town Hall has been given a major boost - after the project secured a £500,000 grant to complete the restoration.

The funding from the Scottish Government, which was won with the help of North Ayrshire Council, will allow the second phase of the landmark’s transformation to go ahead.

The £509,000 award will help fund the creation of office and community space, conservation centre and a permanent Men’s Shed.

Angie McCallum, chair of trustees for the Millport Town Hall Charity, says the news is a huge boost, with material costs rising exponentially over the past year.

She said: “This is huge for us as it means the whole project can be completed as opposed to just the initial phase.

“We are projecting that the whole renovation could now potentially be complete by the end of March, which is very exciting.

“It means we can forge ahead with phase two and start construction on our heritage centre, green room for performers, Men’s Shed and a whole host of other extras.

“The cost for materials is still really high and it’s an ongoing battle, so this is such a boost to keep the project moving forward.”

Councillor Alan Hill, cabinet member for communities and islands, has paid tribute to the volunteers who have worked tirelessly to renovate the iconic island building.

He said: “We are thrilled to have been successful in securing funding for a hugely important project, one which is close to the hearts of everyone on Cumbrae.

“As the local elected member, I’d like to thank council officers for their hard work in preparing and submitting these bids.

“We have been working closely with the trustees at Millport Town Hall to inject new life into this historic and important landmark and the grant will make a world of difference to that effort.

“I’d like to pay special tribute to the local trustees who have done an amazing job to pull together this multi-million pound project.

“This project will make an important contribution to delivering on priority actions within the Cumbrae Local Island Plan, which will support economic recovery and sustainability of island life.”