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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Games centre building plan to create jobs

A LARGE empty building in the centre of Dumfries could be transformed into a laser tag games centre — creating up to five jobs.

And crowdfunding is being employed to develop the proposal for the former Thistle Galleries in Irish Street, which would represent the first of its kind in the region.
Nina Parkin is the driving force behind the plan, and she said: “There is often talk of new developments that never come to fruition.
“By crowdfunding we are giving the people and businesses of Dumfries & Galloway the power to make it become a reality.”
The plan will see the 5000 sq ft building transformed into a state-of-the-art laser tag centre, creating around five new jobs.
Laser tag is a non-contact game which sees players armed with guns which fire lasers at targets worn on the body.
The centre will also include a specially designed sensory play room and other indoor entertainment facilities.
And Nina says if the crowdfunding target is reached work on the centre could start as early as September and would see the grand opening this winter.
Nina said: “Our vision is to create a much needed entertainment centre in the region, a facility everyone can enjoy regardless of age or the weather.
“The centre will also be available to book exclusively for parties and team building events.”
She added: “We want to do something positive for the town,
“There isn’t a lot in the area for children and young people, which leads to them travekling to Carlisle or Glasgow at time and expense.
“We hope the local community will show their support and help reach the crowdfunding amount required to enable us to open the centre.”
The Thistle Galleries building is owned by the Monaghan family, who in recent years relocated their jewellery business to Queensberry Square.
Backing the move, James Monaghan said: “We feel this would be great for Dumfries town centre.
“We have had plenty interest in our building but have been ignoring all others as we feel this would be the best thing for the town.”
For more information on the venture, visit urbanguerrilla.co.uk or www.crowdfunder.co.uk/urbanguerrilla

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