THE installation of colour changing lighting has helped to transform a new community hub.

The Round House restaurant on Walney has been empty for two years and is now set to become a community centre and beachside cafeteria.

This week has seen the installation of colour changing lights towards the top room of the building creating a unique feature in Walney’s landscape.

This has drawn more people to support the cause.

One such person was well-known Walney resident John Murphy who donated £100 towards the Round House transformation.

Mr Murphy said: “I’ve lived on Walney all my life and I think what you are doing is amazing.

"It’s excellent to see the building coming back to life and being used for a superb purpose, the future is going to be great.”

Matt Blackburn, operations manager of ZEST who are running the project, said: “Thank you so much to John for his amazing support and to everyone else who has supported us over the past three weeks.

“The transformation is going really well, with thanks to kind people giving up their time volunteering and donating much needed funds.

“We still need more donations to help buy a disabled toilet alarm, baby changing unit amongst many other things.”

Mr Blackburn said the new lights had generated a fantastic response from the whole community.

He said: “We’ve had a fantastic response. People thinks it's fantastic that the building is getting brought back to life.

“Our aim is to have the large room as a cafe during the day, but it must be multi-functional for any type of activity.”

Walney Wind Cheetahs and Walney Wind Cheetah Cubs have also donated donated £100 to buy a bench and Janice and Ian from the Mental Health Mile have recently handing over £200 to ZEST colunteer Megan to purchase an outside bench.

As of yesterday the group had raised £855 of their £2,500 goal.

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The patio area is due to be renovated within the next few weeks and much work has already taken place to transform the exterior of the building.

Work has also started clearing another room which used to be the ‘Ocean View Cafe’.

It will be holding a World's Biggest Coffee morning on September 27.