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Peoples Millions

Tayport On TV!

Back in November 2007 we started a campaign to win Peoples Millions

We Did It!

Jubilent Tayport residents are still celebrating after scooping a massive lottery windfall this week. A campaign to secure funding for a run down Dophin Community Centre ended in victory in the 'Peoples Millions' contest, in which TV viewers voted for their favourite project. The success means that more than £90,000 is coming the Dolphin Centre's way, and work will start almost immediately to carry out much needed improvements. The results of this year's contest, in which the Dolphin Centre fought off string competition froma community hall in Peterhead were announced on STV North on Wednesday evening. However, chairman Alistair McVinnie recieived tha all-important telephone call earlier in the day, and among the first calls he made with the good news was the Fife Herald, which he said had played a big part in helping drum up support. "The campaign to win votes brought out the very best in local people and we were delighted at the community spirit they showed," he said. "They really took the cause to their heart, not only by voting for the Dolphin Centre but by rallying support throughout the area. "The telephone number was even displayed in all the windscreens of the cars for sale on the forecourt of a local garage! "We don't know how many votes we won by, but when the good news came through I felt quite emotional. "All the hard work was definitely worth it, and now we can start work on creating a community centre that the people pf Tayport deserve." Although well used, the Dolphin Centre has seen better days, and plans have already been drawn up that include a new kitchen and toilets, new flooring and roof renovations. Mr McVinnie said that the cash, estimated at around £90,000, would not cover all the work needed but the Dolphin Centre would now qualify for further grants thanks to the win.

Grand Re Opening

The Dolphin Centre has been refurbished to the tune of sum £80,000 after emerging victorious in the 'People's Millions' contest in November 2007 thanks to the votes of TV viewers. What was once a run down facility has been comprehensively upgraded and now boasts new toilets, full disabled facilities including wheelchair access, a new kitchen, wall insulation and a £10,000 floor. The centre's chairman Alistair McVinnie, who sprearheaded the campaign to win viewers' support, said that he was delighted with the results of the makeover and the opening event was a way of saying 'thank you' to everyone who voted for the project. As part of the proceedings, which take place between 10am and noon, the centre wil be offically reopened by local councillor Maggie Taylor. Mr McVinnie said " The Dolphin Centre is almost unrecognisable now that the work has been completed, it looks like a brand new building inside.

Visitors to the reopening were treated to freshments and the sum of £550 was raised by a tombola, raffle and stalls to help further enhance the centre. Anna Murdoch and husband Ken, the driving force behind the fundrasing campaign which allowed Tayport to buy the centre in 1974 also attended.


"The new facilities will make such a huge difference to all the groups who use the centre, but we wouldn't have been able to do it without the support of all the people in the local community who voted for us.

"We hope they'll come along to see what a difference their votes have made and enjoy a cup of tea with our compliments."

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