North Ayrshire Provost Anthea Dickson has hailed the success of the Clyde Coast and Cumbrae Men's Shed as she paid a visit to mark the project's first anniversary.

The Provost helped open the Largs-based facility last March and returned there on Saturday to find out how the project has been progressing since then.

She said: "It was great to catch up on all that has been happening since they were established a year ago.

"Well done to all those volunteers behind this excellent project."

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Another dignitary who attended was MP Patricia Gibson who said: "I was delighted to attend the first anniversary celebration of Clyde Coast & Cumbraes Men's Shed in Largs this morning.

"The atmosphere was very relaxed as folk chatted over bacon rolls, tea and coffee.

"The Shed has made tremendous progress over the last year, with the energy and enthusiasm of volunteers building the membership to 88, aged from 18 to 93.

"At the Shed, members can choose to create, relax, repair, pursue a hobby, get practical help, share and learn new skills." 

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Patricia Gibson and Brian Bowden and Men's ShedPatricia Gibson and Brian Bowden and Men's Shed (Image: Patricia Gibson)

Brian Bowden from the Men's Shed said: "We had a fantastic day and brilliant feedback from our distinguished guests, and so many lovely comments from members of our local community who attended and who have supported us over this past year.

"We enjoyed the chat with everyone while we also welcomed several new members.

"Hopefully they enjoyed the entertainment and the buffet while inspecting our members' fabulous collection of articles they produce."

The Men's Shed has received plenty of support from local businesses in its first 12 months, and aims to be self-sufficient, raising its own funds through the sale of crafts produced at the centre.

The community space offers a great location and fantastic facilities for men in the North Coast area to get involved in all the benefits that the Men’s Shed movement has to offer.

Membership - which is free - is open to men from West Kilbride, Fairlie, Skelmorlie, Cumbrae and Largs.

For more details about joining the Men's Shed, go to the 'Clyde Coast & Cumbraes Men's Shed' page on Facebook.