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Laser tag team in crowdfunding call

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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Laser tag team in crowdfunding call

A CROWDFUNDING campaign to create a laser tag games centre in Dumfries is looking to gain momentum — in order to hit its £59,000 target.

Urban Guerilla say that work is ready to begin on the facility in Irish Street as soon as the end of September, if enough people and businesses pledge towards the fundraising goal.

Launching the publicly-backed funding bid last month, Nina Parkin said: “The response has been really positive.

“We’ve had the odd comment that they don’t need it, but the majority have been really positive comments.”

But while noting that an initial surge taking the pledges to over £2000 has slowed, she added: “We’ve only got 30 days left, so we need to get moving again so we can make this happen.”

The laser tag and games centre would be created in the former Thistle Galleries in Irish Street, with owners the Monaghan family voicing their support for the venture.

Keen to stress how crowdfunding works, Nina said: “People need to know that they can pledge now, but that the money won’t be taken until September 1 — and only then if we reach the target.

“Because crowdfunding hasn’t really happened in Dumfries before, people aren’t really sure what it is.”

Prospective backers are invited to pledge sums ranging from £25 to £10,000 to create a facility which will include a laser tag play area, an arcade games zone, soft play and a sensory play area.

In return, they will gain rewards ranging from having their name immortalised on the Hall of Fame to special memberships, advertising banners for the biggest pledge, naming the sensory play area and carry out the official ribbon-cutting on the centre.

Nina is set to hold talks with businesses about backing the project which she says will benefit the entire town.

She said: “A lot of people have said that, hopefully, if this can happen other places will follow, and we might get what’s been promised in the past like bowling alleys, bigger cinemas and things.”

To learn more or back the project, visit