THE future of a town centre building in Peebles has been secured with the granting of almost £190,000 to a community organisation.

Fears were expressed when the Peebles Ex-Servicemen's Club closed its doors more than a year ago.

Falling membership numbers and rising costs were blamed for the 96-year-old club running up debts.

A rescue mission was mounted at the start of this year by Peebles Community Trust.

Although the organisation was given the keys to start turning the clubrooms into a community facility by administrators, the future of the venture hinged on a successful bid to the Scottish Landfill Fund.

This week the funding body announced that the £189,200 application was successful.

Peebles Community Trust chairman Lawrie Hayworth said: “We are pleased to have facilitated the long-term community ownership of this important building.

"We have been fortunate in the broad community support and community use through an access agreement whilst our grant application was being considered.

“We would also like to note the support of SLF beyond the initial purchase, which will allow us to start refurbishing and operating the School Brae Hub.”

The former Ex-Servicemen's Club is currently used by many community groups, including the Trust, the Men's Shed and the town's pipe band.

Now, with the grant secured, the Trust will be able to make the facility available to even more groups.