“I was delighted to chair a most successful share launch at the White Church, Comrie, where the audience heard inspiring speeches from Lesley Riddoch (author and journalist) and Kelly McIntyre of Community Shares Scotland,” he said.
Members of the public have begun snapping up shares in a unique investment opportunity.
Ten B-listed nissen huts that once held World War II prisoners at Cultybraggan Camp in Scotland are to be turned into self-catering and bunkhouse accommodation.
The Comrie Development Trust (CDT) says locals will be able to cash in on the "dark tourism" trend for holidaying in unusual places, often associated with death and suffering.
The CDT bought the former Camp 21 for £350,000 in 2007 through a community right-to-buy option after the Ministry of Defence put the site up for sale.
Bill Thow, CDT chairman, is confident the project has captured the public’s imagination and that they’ll back it.
“The meeting involved a Q & A session, where the vast majority of the audience expressed great interest and enthusiasm for this most innovative way of seeking funds from the community, both locally and beyond.
“At the moment, the offer has met 12 % of its target sum, with 32 days still to go, and I am confident the full amount will be raised.”
Organisers estimate the project could increase visitor levels to over 15,000 after five years, create the equivalent of 20 full-time jobs and boost the local economy by up to £2 million.