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The sun shone as Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (MACC) celebrated 10 years of community ownership last Saturday with a community open day at its business park.
The day started with the grand opening of the UHI Argyll’s new Brewster Centre for Engineering and Construction by Argyll and Bute MSP Jenni Minto.
The facility has a prime location at the former RAF base’s entrance and was originally constructed as a 10-pin bowling alley but has been completely renovated for the students of Campbeltown and beyond by UHI Argyll.
Attendees at the open day had plenty to do, with the opportunity to tour the new college facility, visit golf professional Ken Campbell’s training and practise facility, get moving with MACC Gym and LST Pilates, explore the hangars and accommodation buildings at MACC, hear more about Campbeltown Airport and its recently refurbished runway from Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) and discover more about the burgeoning plans for the MACC site’s future.
South Kintyre councillor Donald Kelly said: ‘Having been involved from the outset of this project with Ian Wardrop and the late Don Mitchell, it is great to see how MACC has moved forward in the last 10 years.
‘I would like to congratulate the current management team and everyone associated with MACC on achieving this milestone.
‘It is vitally important that all external partners such as Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Argyll and Bute Council, the Scottish Government etc fully support MACC moving forward and help make any new potential projects become a reality.
‘This is a fantastic asset for the community and must be utilised to gain its maximum potential.’
For those who missed out on the open day, MACC trading subsidiary Discover Space UK (DSUK) will be hosting another community open day at the business park on Saturday June 25, as part of the MACH22 Launch Competition and Conference, with opportunities to see rocket launches.
And the MACH 1 Stages Rally will be returning on the weekend of July 9 and 10.
MACC would like to thank all those who took the time to visit and those who made the open day possible including Dhonna McCallum and the staff at UHI Argyll, Beth McEachran and Jake Sanders, Ken Campbell, Leonne Shaw (LST Pilates), John Lamont (HIAL), John Brown (Wee Toon Carver), The Tin Roof Diner, Argyll Bakeries, Campbeltown Heritage Centre and the MACC volunteers and staff.