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Vote for Carnegie kitchen

A SHETLAND hall committee is going all out to persuade local people to make a few phone calls to help it raise enough money to refurbish its dilapidated kitchen.

The recently reformed committee of Sandwick’s Carnegie Hall have reached the final of the People’s Millions Competition to raise almost £48,000.

All they need is for people to make up to 10 phone calls by midnight on Tuesday to 622 8215 if calling from a mobile, and 09015 228215 if calling from a landline.

The project that gets the most calls will win the money.

Committee member Evelyn Jamieson said local folk had rescued the hall from potential closure just 18 months ago and had turned it into “a lovely and really popular hall”.

However the kitchen that was installed 30 years ago with units from a nearby house is in sore need of upgrading.

“Some of the equipment isn’t safe for younger people or the elderly to use, the wiring and the plumbing need updating and the cooker’s so old it needs a man to light it because it’s so temperamental,” Jamieson said.

“The warming cupboards have no temperature gauge so you burn your hands when you get the plates out. You struggle to cook a proper meal in there.”

The new committee have put their heart and soul into bringing the old hall back to life, and local folk have mucked in to work on cleaning up the hall and redoing the bar.

“The difference is phenomenal,” Jamieson said. “The hall smiles, it’s got something about it now and everyone who comes there says what a lovely hall.

“Every community needs its public hall and our public hall needs its kitchen, so please vote as every vote counts. “Let’s show that Shetland can support a Shetland project better than anywhere else in the whole of Britain.”