Free party launches grain store plans

The Drum and Fun African Drum Group and dancers
The Drum and Fun African Drum Group and dancers

A free party in Stranraer launched plans to bring the town’s old grainstore back to life.

The Grade B (Grade II) listed building, constructed in 1850 to store grain and used until the mid 1980s, has been derelict for several years and been on Scotland’s Buildings at Risk register since 2001.

It was recently purchased by Richard Leat who intends to restore the building to its former glory and use it as an arts-based venue.

Richard, who is based in Edinburgh, has a theatre background and more recently has been working on building restoration.

He said: “I love the challenge that the grainstore brings. It is a fabulous historic building, right in the heart of Stranraer.

“Obviously, our first task is to restore it sympathetically but along the way, we will be hosting events so that people can come and see what is happening to the structure and our vision for the grain store’s use as it develops and comes to fruition.”

The first launch event was held in the courtyard of the store last weekend with events including music, art, a beer festival and more. At the event the grain store team were canvassing guests’ opinions.

The launch event culminated in a concert by Celtic fusion band Shooglenifty.