A PLANNED six-figure refurbishment of Dunbar’s tennis courts would make them absolutely smashing.

The tennis club, which has 160 members, is seeking funds to improve its facilities at Winterfield Park.

The full project would cost about £100,000.

Tracy Drysdale, who deals with membership at the club, said: “We want to upgrade the facilities at Dunbar Tennis Centre.

“This would include resurfacing the six courts, adding floodlighting to three of the courts, looking at better windbreak provision and looking at the path access into the tennis courts.”

The first phase of the project would be to resurface the six macadam courts – a job last done in 2004.

Wear-and-tear and the Scottish climate have resulted in the courts approaching the end of their lifespan. The tennis club has already asked the town’s community council for support as it bids to attract funding from Viridor Credits.

Mrs Drysdale said: “[Work on] the actual courts is coming in at around £50,000.

“The reason I was in touch with the community council was for letters of support because we are applying to Viridor Credits for £30,000.

“We ourselves aim to have £10,000 to put to it and we have been saving and trying to keep every penny back.

“We are looking for additional funds from anywhere – we will be applying to the community council and we are asking the big businesses in the area and are going to approach all the housebuilding companies.”

About half of the club’s membership comes from the junior section, with six of the juniors in the East Lothian Development Squad.

However, due to the lack of floodlights, they often have to travel elsewhere in the county, such as to Musselburgh or North Berwick, for coaching.

Each year in July, the East Lothian Open is played across tennis clubs in the county. More than 400 competitors take part in 800 matches.

Currently, the courts at Dunbar are not suitable for the competition but it is hoped resurfacing could change that.