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Fort William climbing centre project raises funds

Graphic of planned climbing wall Image copyright Three Wise Monkeys Climbing
Image caption The centre is to be built in stages

Hundreds of backers have pledged funds to a plan to convert a former church in Fort William into a climbing centre.

Three Wise Monkeys Climbing, the business behind the project, had to raise £40,000 in crowd-funding by Wednesday afternoon.

They generated £43,301 from more than 600 backers.

The proposal is to convert Macintosh Memorial Church near Fort William's High Street in stages.

A bouldering wall would be created first, followed by a cafe, then a roped climbing wall and extra bouldering wall training room.

Three Wise Monkeys Climbing had already raised £30,000 towards the project's costs.

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