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Charles hails hall restoration.

THE Prince of Wales congratulated a community for restoring their village hall in a pounds 700,000 project.

Charles described the hall in the village of Mey, Caithness, as "marvellous" after unveiling a plaque to officially open it.

Residents spent more than a decade trying to raise funds to restore the hall.

Following the official opening, there will be a musical perform-anctomorrow from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

The hall has an entirely refitted interior, including a large sports and entertainment space with a permanent stage, a kitchen, bar, small hall and a meeting room.

It was largely constructed with locally sourced British timber and is heated by a ground source heat pump.

Charles has a close interest in the far north of Scotland, having launched the North Highland Initiative (NHI) in August 2005 to promote and develop the economy and support rural communities.

He said: "I want to congratulate all those who played such an important part in ensuring this marvellous building has finally been brought back to life after 14 years of struggling and frustration."


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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 3, 2009
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