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West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has hailed the latest project benefiting people with disabilities launched by Clydebank’s Golden Friendships Club.

Martin attended the opening night of Red Ramp Events launched by Jim McLaren and the team at Golden Friendships – at what is thought to be the world’s first community-based wheelchair entertainment venue.

The entertainment nights at their premises in Nairn Place in Dalmuir are set to run four times a year. The venue has fully accessible toilets and can accommodate up to 50 wheelchair users and 50 carer companions.

Local MP Martin presented Jim and the team with a parliamentary motion he lodged in the House of Commons praising Golden Friendships for their contribution to breaking down the barriers faced by disabled people.

Commenting, Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:

“It was a privilege to present a copy of my parliamentary motion to Jim and all the team at the Golden Friendships Club.

“I’m grateful for everything they do to improve the lives of disabled people across West Dunbartonshire and beyond.

“The launch of Red Ramp Events was a great success. I commend everyone involved for bringing what we believe to be the world’s first community-based wheelchair entertainment venue to Clydebank.”

Text of Martin’s Early Day Motion

Red Ramp Events and the Golden Friendships Club – That this House notes the grand opening of Red Ramp Events by the Golden Friendship Club based in Clydebank, with members also from Dumbarton, the Vale of Leven and across the west of Scotland; understands that this opening may be the first community based wheelchair entertainment venue in the world which will be invaluable in breaking down barriers faced by wheelchair users allowing them equal access to entertainment without discrimination; believes this is another example of the exceptional work carried out by Jim McLaren and all at the Golden Friendship Club; and wishes them the very best for future endeavours.

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