Strike up the band! One of Dunfermline’s most popular night spots is about to go live again following a brisk and successful marketing campaign by DM Hall, one of Scotland’s leading firms of chartered surveyors.
The Velocity night club in the town centre, which has been closed since it was put up for sale or lease earlier this year, has been taken on by local entertainment entrepreneurs Darran Taylor and Douglas Inglis of D2 Leisure.
The businessmen plan to continue to use the venerable building as a club and live entertainment venue. In fact, they plan to re-open the doors on Friday 2nd December as a Winter Wonderland for 12-16 year old from 6pm – 9.30pm. The official relaunch will be in January 2012 under the original Ballroom name. They have leased the property for five years.
The 15,000 sq ft building, situated north of the High Street on a prominent road frontage, has been a cornerstone of Dunfermline’s night life since it was opened by Provost Hoggan as the Kinema Ballroom two days before Christmas in 1938.
In that festive period just before the war, it promised a simple form of gaiety: a Gala Dance, a Novelty Night, a Snowball Carnival and, finally, Hogmanay Revels, all for two shillings or half a crown – that’s 10p or 12.5p in today’s money.