Sunday 13th May saw Dumfries’ very own ‘Doon Toon Army’ head out onto the High Street for the first time to clean, scrub, paint and change areas of Dumfries town centre. The event marked the beginning for the group to tackle key areas around the High Street, as well as an opportunity to meet new people and share skills and ideas to help reshape the face of Dumfries town centre.
Kevin Reid, Creative Producer for the Midsteeple Quarter Project, commented: “We had a hugely successful afternoon on Sunday with the first ‘Doon Toon Army’ street clean – the High Street has never looked so good! We would like to say a big thank you and well done to everyone who came along on the day – change is happening, and you are all making it happen with your own fair hands!”
After their successful Community Benefit Society Launch last month, the Midsteeple Quarter Project invited new members and the community of Dumfries to come along to take part in the street clean and join the ‘Doon Toon Army’ – the community movement to support Midsteeple Quarter and bring about change by making practical improvements in the town centre. Over thirty members of the public came along on Sunday to take part in the High Street clean up, including MSP Colin Smyth, Councillor Ronnie Nicholson, members of community organisations and children of all ages.
The street cleans will now be a regular occurrence, and the next step for the group is to repaint and fix the side closes on the High Street and add signs and murals. The Doon Toon Army will also be available to help with outreaching community projects around Dumfries, so any organisations looking for help are encouraged to get in touch with the Midsteeple Quarter Project. To find all information on the latest events, please visit the Midsteeple Quarter Facebook page: www.facebook.com/midsteeplequarter.
You can keep up to date with the latest news and events on the website, where you can also sign up to the Midsteeple Quarter Society – membership is free and, as a member, you’ll have a say in owning and directing this very special project for the future of the town. By joining the Midsteeple Quarter Community Benefit Society, you will be entitled to buy Shares in the project and help put local money to work to build the town that we all want to live in. Doonhamers can be part of shaping the plan for a town built by the community for the community – spread the word, support local business and make your voice heard!