Over #200,000-worth time plus material was awarded to the Montrose Playhouse Project during a DIY SOS fundraiser.
The startling figure was described as a conservative estimate by the team behind the2.5 million community art centre and cinema project.
A volunteer team of local tradesmen and DIY enthusiasts invested a couple of weeks stripping back the building to its shell to allow renovation job to get started.
Chairman David Paton reported the team were overwhelmed with the help obtained during the first stage of the project, which is currently before schedule.
He said local firms and individuals were instrumental in taking back the building to its bare bones, with around 70 local volunteers on hand to help at each turn.
“The service is really humbling, and listened to the community actually needing this centre to the doorstep,” he said.
“We’ve Got estimated after only six weeks of the strip-out that over #200,000 time plus material was awarded to the project by local people and businesses that’s extraordinary.
“The Playhouse would not only provide a amazing place to spend time with family and friends but might also be an engine for social change in the area with the array of programmes we’re hoping to execute when the centre is available, from dementia screenings in the theatre into traineeship opportunities for people with learning problems.
“The Playhouse will be at the heart of community and culture in the Region
“Many local companies have donated time and materials such as WM Mustard & Son Ltd, Drain Dogs Ltd, Pert Bruce Construction, Andrew Walker Ltd, Unicorn Cleaning Services, Candy’s Sandwiches, Glaxo SmithKline, Engie from GE Oil & Gas, ScotMitch Scaffold, Peters & Hynd Joinery, Saltire Builders and RossAgri Services to name a few.”
Mr Paton gave particular thanks to Steve Hutchison, George Abbot, Colin Menzies, Ian Edwards and Shane Munro who’ve contributed up weeks of the free time.
Mr Paton said they are extremely enthusiastic about the prospect of transferring the project on in 2018 although they still have a good deal of fundraising to perform.
He said: “We’ve opened discussions with several bigger grant bodies are we’re working hard to satisfy the guidelines of the application processes to help inspire our project along.”