There will be a new look to the layout of the area between the bandstand and Cumming Street this year. Food and drink will be provided by local businesses such as Ashers Bakery and the Really Garlicky company, instead of out of town providers. Michael Green told the Gurn of some of the changes. Higher stance rents will be charged from now on to bring more funds into the Common Good. The aim is also to improve the experience of visitors and locals to the games. There will be a food and drink pavilion too (an inflatable tent and bar to be exact – sounds quite interesting). The pavilion will be stewarded and will also be open on the Sunday. Half of all the profits taken will be going to the Common Good.
Another new addition to the games will be the Charity Challenge Avenue where you will be able to enjoy attractions such as the human fruit machine and other innovative fun ways of enjoying yourself whilst helping good causes. It all sounds worth a try to this observer and if we spend money on a snack or an ice-cream at the games why not keep that cash moving in local circulation by buying from a local business?
Michael has been quite busy behind the scenes working to bring about these changes and hopes that the Common Good fund and the games will benefit enormously from this fund raising opportunity. The new Councillor also told the Gurn of how he intends to do more to ensure the long term future and prosperity of the town centre and how he aims to work with others to realise the potential within the community to bring about positive changes here.
So if you are going down to the Games next Saturday you might fancy a pint in aid of the Common Good?