BIGGAR’S new museum is forging ahead after volunteers managed to raise an incredible £2.1 million.
The success came after its knock-back by the National Lottery’s Heritage Fund in October last year.
Angry but undaunted, Museum Trustees launched a further appeal to local people and have raised the final quarter of a million pounds.
Now, work is starting on the Stephens Garage site on the High Street with the contract going to local builder J&J McCann.
“It is a pretty astonishing thing really,” said Trustees chairman James Dawnay.
“All in all we have rasied £2.1 million, which is amazing.
“I wonder if any other village in Britain could have done the same.”
Moat Park and Gladstone Court, both well-loved venues but not suitable for modern visitors, are to close this year. Gladstone Court will have a last open day on Saturday, April 19, from 11am to 4.30pm.
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