Dec 5 2012 by Ian Bunting, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
Robert Cameron and Marilyn Bannen
A housing development named in honour of late Airdrie actor Ian Bannen has officially opened.
Ian’s widow Marilyn travelled all the way from the Isle of Wight to mark the special day.
Together with North Lanarkshire Provost Jim Robertson, they officially opened Bannen Court, the sixth development on the site of the former Clarkston Primary School.
Marilyn was delighted by the fitting tribute to her talented husband.
She said: “I was thrilled when I discovered that a new council housing development was being named after Ian.
“I heard about this from one of my friends who still has contacts in the local area.
“Ian was born in Airdrie and lived his early years in Bank Street, Coatbridge, and I’m sure he would be honoured and especially pleased that this new affordable housing was designed with older people in mind, providing them with safe and comfortable homes.”
The development is part of the council’s ‘Building for the Future’ programme, providing much needed, affordable new homes for tenants.
The Clarkston site houses 19 homes, including a purpose-built wheelchair house, and was completed by housing developer Lovell.
North Lanarkshire Council was successful in securing £475,000 funding from the Scottish Government towards the £2.7 million cost of the project.
Provost Robertson said: “To see the sites at the sod cutting stage and come back and officially open the development is very satisfying.
“The completion of this development underlines our firm commitment to providing first-class housing as part of our new build programme.
“I wish all tenants a very happy future in their new homes.”
Also attending the official opening were family and friends of Ian, council representatives, elected members, developer Lovell and MAST architects.