NEW owners have been revealed for a Helensburgh nursery which faced closure just weeks after it was re-opened as part of a £2 million refurbishment project.

David and Roanna Wood have taken over the running of the Drumfork Nursery and family centre, which is based in the recently renovated Drumfork Community Centre.

In January this year Her Royal Highness Princess Anne attended the official opening ceremony of the improved community centre to mark the completion of a two-year-long redevelopment.

However, just weeks later the Advertiser revealed that the owners of the nursery, located within the centre, had decided to move on from the facility.

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Parents had reacted with fury after the shock call left childcare plans up in the air but the new owners are now looking forward to a successful future once the nursery is given the all clear to fully re-open following lockdown.

In a statement on social media, David and Roanna said: "We are a naval family and have an acute understanding of the stresses and unique issues that service life brings.

"We want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who supported us through the process of taking over the business.

"These include the captain of HMNB Clyde and his team along with all at RNRMC [Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity] who provided us with invaluable guidance and belief.

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"A huge thank you to the families who have stuck by the service through what has been a choppy few months.

"Finally to our staff who have faced so many hurdles and dealt with a great deal of uncertainty and unknowns.

"It is the resilience and enduring ‘can do’ attitude that allowed us the opportunity to have a business to keep going.

"The team at Drumfork will remain the same and we aim to add more members to our family as we grow the service.

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"We are extremely excited about the future and we are working with our team to offer out-of-school care and a flexi school service.

"We hope that we get to meet all our families in the next few months as we start to return to some kind of normality."

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson added: “We can confirm that new owners have been found for The Drumfork Nursery and they are currently working with Argyll and Bute Council, operating as a hub for children of critical workers.

"The nursery will re-open following lockdown in accordance with Scottish Government guidelines.”

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