Village pavilion tribute to local hero
Published 24 Nov 2011 08:30 1 Comment
KINCARDINE residents are to be consulted over proposals to name the village's new £275,000 sports pavilion after a local hero.
The South West Fife area committee last week gave the thumbs up to naming the new community sports pavilion, currently under construction at Feregait Park, after local man Stewart Rankine, who died last year.
And now villagers will get their say after councillors endorsed a consultation, to be led by Kincardine Community Council, to gauge community support for the 'Stewart Rankine Pavilion'.
The community council had initiated calling the facility after Mr Rankine, who was described by local councillor Willie Ferguson as "a great ambassador for our community".
He said, "He supported many projects and groups and was heavily involved in the local football teams, especially the junior football team, Tulliallan Thistle.
"He was called 'Mr Tulliallan' at one time because he was always in the park changing the nets and he introduced a lot of youngsters to football.
"He also supported the gala and played Santa Claus to so many children in the village.
"He had no political bias and there was no personal gain for him, he just wanted to promote sports in the community and keep youngsters off the streets.
"He campaigned for better changing facilities for years and we felt it was a fitting tribute to him.
"It couldn't be anything else other than the pavilion because of his association with the park and youngsters. It's what Stewart stood for."
The report stated that Mr Rankine's relatives had been consulted and were happy to have his work recognised in the community.
Kincardine residents will be asked to consider naming the pavilion after Mr Rankine and erecting a plaque within the building to commemorate him. Questionnaires will be distributed in the village, local shops and public buildings.
The report to councillors added, "In agreeing to name a facility after a local individual, it is important to have the full support of the local community.
"Whilst it is known that the Kincardine Community Council were unanimous in their support for this proposal, it is essential that the wider community are allowed to make their views known."
Kincardine Community Council has been involved in a number of projects to improve recreation facilities at Feregait Park since 2000.
To date, work has included a floodlit multi-use games area (MUGA), skate park, new grass football parks and swings.
The pavilion, which is being funded by Fife Council, the Fife Environmental Trust and Scottish Power, has been designed to accommodate all community groups and local sports clubs and will also support the annual gala.
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 23 Nov 11
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Dec 4, 21:39
I knew stu for many years ,and always had a kind word for all when you spoke to him ,how proud his family must feel having a place which he loved named after him couldnt go to a better person
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