Work has officially begun on a £3.3 million redevelopment of a park in Helensburgh after a ceremonial turf cutting.  

Over £250,000 from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund has been used to help regenerate Hermitage Park in the centre of town - and provide a place for the local naval and civilian communities to socialise and come together.

Around 100 people gathered for the event to mark the start of the park's regeneration - which is due to be completed by the summer of 2018.

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Depute Leader of Argyll and Bute Council Ellen Morton, said: “There is no doubt that Hermitage Park will be a showcase public space when the regeneration is complete.

“The ceremony is a real milestone in this exciting regeneration project and we are extremely grateful to the funders and all those, such as our partners from the Friends of Hermitage Park Association, who have worked tirelessly to make it become a reality. 

"It is so pleasing to see all that hard work coming to fruition with construction getting underway. This has been a real partnership project between the council and the local community.”

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Fiona Baker, the Chair of Friends of Hermitage Park Association said: “The Friends of Hermitage Park Association was formed in 2010 with the objective of restoring and rejuvenating Hermitage Park.

"It has been a long road to reach this point. We are absolutely delighted to be here today with our partners Argyll and Bute Council and our funders to mark the start of the building work. 

"We look forward to our park being a jewel in Helensburgh’s crown once more.” 

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