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Town Hall reopened with celebration

A day of celebrations marked the opening of the newly refurbished Renfrew Town Hall.

The building opened its doors again after a huge £5.2 million regeneration project, including structural upgrading, a new steel frame and a replacement flat roof.

The project has also included the building of a new Renfrew community museum next door.

X Factor contestant Gamu and children’s entertainers The Singing Kettle were among the entertainers appearing at the opening ceremony at the end of January, along with local schools and musicians and the Renfrew Burgh Band.

The celebrations also included a huge fireworks display, a parade, funfair rides, musical performances, the Clyde 1 Roadshow, and an official opening ceremony.

The High Street was shut all day from Hairst Street to Queen Street to allow the celebrations to take place.

The Town Hall revamp was led by Renfrewshire Council with support from Renfrew Common Good Fund, Historic Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Braehead Shopping Centre.

Colin McLean, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “This beautiful and much-loved building has been at the heart of Renfrew for generations, a symbol of the town’s history and identity.

“We are delighted to see it take its place, once again, at the centre of community life with modern spaces and a museum celebrating the rich heritage of the area.

“Renfrewshire is a development priority area for the Heritage Lottery Fund and we are working hard with lots of local people to make the most of the grants available to them.”

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