THE curtain will come down on a little piece of local history at the end of this season as Inverurie Locos’ existing wooden stand which has served the club well in their eleven seasons of Highland football and much of the club’s history will be demolished.
The Club recently received planning consent for the replacement stand, after tenders had gone out for the main steel and cladding, and discussions following on with suppliers regarding seating.
The new structure will be a steel frame, similar to the current enclosure, with no front columns and flip up chairs to seat 176 people and Football Partnership Funding has been secured.
It will be designed so that it can be dismantled and taken to a different location should the Club ever relocate to a new ground.
And at a recent Club Fans Forum, Chairman Willie Lippe announced that the work will commence shortly after the Locos last home game of the season, which is against against Clachnacuddin next Wednesday, May 2, at 8pm. Supporters are being encouraged to arrive at the ground an hour prior to kick-off to allow for commemorative photo-shoots in front of the old structure.
An exact demolition date is as yet undecided, but any supporters wishing to remove any of the old timber for firewood are welcome to come and take it away as the demolition process begins, and any help in completing the work will be actively encouraged.
Before the Clachnacuddin game, the Locos will play their penultimate home fixture this Saturday, April 28, against Fraserburgh, with both sides aiming for third place in the table. The sides have met twice recently at Harlaw Park, with the Locos winning 2-0 in a League Cup fixture, three days after the Broch won 3-1 in an Aberdeenshire Shield fixture. Last Saturday the Locos match away to Rothes was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.