Skatepark project rolls on

Carnoustie Skatepark Committee presented Ryder Cup tickets to Rodger Lyon, which he won in a recent fund-raiser.  Pictured from left are: Marie Fenton (Secretary), Andrew Patterson, Rodger Lyon, Gregor Brand and Bob Bell (Chairman).
Carnoustie Skatepark Committee presented Ryder Cup tickets to Rodger Lyon, which he won in a recent fund-raiser. Pictured from left are: Marie Fenton (Secretary), Andrew Patterson, Rodger Lyon, Gregor Brand and Bob Bell (Chairman).

A Carnoustie man celebrated his good fortune this week after winning an exclusive Ryder Cup experience thanks to a skatepark fund-raiser.

Rodger Lyon, Dalhousie Street, won two tickets for the Ryder Cup Practice Day, complete with full corporate hospitality at the Gleneagles Hotel, valued at more than £1,000 from Carnoustie Skatepark’s fund-raising prize draw.

He said: “I am really looking forward to going to one of the biggest events on this year’s sporting calendar.

“It was a wonderful surprise to hear I had won the prize draw.”

The tickets were presented by Bob Bell, Carnoustie Skatepark Committee chair, on Tuesday.

He said: “I am sure Rodger will have a day to remember with some fine food which will no doubt be washed down by some of the hotels finest wines.

“He will also have an excellent view of the world’s top golfers as the play their final practice round before the competition starts in earnest on the Friday. We’d like to thank Rodger and everyone else who supported us in this prize draw in which we raised over £1,600 for the skatepark fund.”

He continued: “Work should be starting in the next few weeks on building the skatepark. The contract has been awarded and we are going through the final process of obtaining building warrants etc.

“Hopefully we will have some reasonable weather to allow good progress to be made during the construction.

“We have achieved the full funding target we needed to build the skatepark, in fact we raised more than we needed for this phase of the works and are now considering installing floodlighting, which we had intended to address as a separate phase”. The bikers, skaters and other wheeled sports enthusiasts in the town can soon look forward to having this facility on their door step and not having to travel out of the town to take part in their favourite sport.”