THE new Men's Shed in Largs has officially opened as it looks to carve out a successful future.

It will provide a hub where men can relax with a cuppa, enjoy conversation and spend some time together making or repairing things.

Provost Anthea Dickson officially launched the new facility, which is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm at the Brisbane Centre.

The skirl of bagpipes provided a traditional opening courtesy of local piper Ross Connick.

Anthea said: “It was a tremendous honour to officially open the shed.

“This will be a crucial pillar of our community, ensuring people enjoy good life-long health and wellbeing.

“I’m aware of the great work that has happened with the North Coast Locality Partnership, who have done a fantastic job working closely with the Clyde, Coast and Cumbrae Trustees, their volunteers and Councillor Ian Murdoch to realise a shared vision for the Men’s Shed over the last year."

Clyde Coast & Cumbraes Men's Shed chairman Douglas Lindsay said: "It has been an eventful and enjoyable journey to finally get here.

"Thank you to all of the trustees for all the work and the members who have pitched in to get us to this point.

"We have worked well together and we have put in a huge amount of effort into ultimately setting out to achieving what we wanted to do, which was to open these doors and actually making things.

"Thank you so much to North Ayrshire Council for all their support."

Vice chairman Ian Murdoch added: "It was a momentous day and through coverage in the Largs and Millport Weekly News, we got everyone together from the initial idea of starting to opening, all within 18 months.

"It is a wonderful achievement and I am delighted - I couldn't have picked a better group of guys to be involved with."