CULTURAL and language barriers are set to be broken down with the first youth group for 15 years set to be established in the Troon harbour area for 15 years and other people set to come together.

A hugely successful trial youth night was held at the Lighthouse earlier this month, with 22 people, ranging from babies to 15-year-olds taking part. Troon Harbour Community are leading the initiative.

Yvonne Hall, secretary said: “I moved to Craig Road five months ago to specifically see something good happen in Troon Harbour. I’ve been part of Troon Harbour Tenants and Residents Association for 10 years and the area has gone through some difficult times and come out of them. I helped organise the children’s Christmas party last year, there were several new mums and every one expressed a desire to get to know each other better. Our first event in March went well.”

Chairwoman Laura McMillan said: “We’re doing a four-week trial for a youth group which ends next month and hopefully it will get the go ahead.” Added treasurer Yvonne Dawson: “We’re looking to expand to the entire community, bring some older people out. We have five different nationalities living in the community, including people who are lonely and isolated, maybe we could have a games afternoon with chess dominoes, Monopoly and five-a-side football. Our vision of the harbour is one big community that you can knock on your neighbour’s door for a cup of sugar and friendship.”

See Troon Harbour Community Facebook page for more.