A DEFIBRILLATOR inside East Lothian Co-operative Bowling Club has been transferred outside to allow better public access.

Funding by Tranent and Elphinstone Community Council (£200), Tranent Belters (£200) and Tranent Rotary Club (£250) enabled the defibrillator’s relocation to outside the premises.

Lynne Blythe, secretary at the bowling club, said: “We are delighted to have had the defibrillator moved outside for people to use if they need it.

“I believe this was one of the first defibrillators in East Lothian and has been located inside for a few years now.

“But we were concerned that, if someone was to need it while the club was closed or they could not get inside, they could be in trouble. It would be safer to have it outside.

“It was not cheap to have it moved and we are grateful to the three groups for their support in funding it.

“It needs a glass casing and a lot of electrical work to be in operation.”

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Lynne added: “I am not sure why it was originally put inside; it may have been more practical at the time but being outside will give it more use.

“We want this defibrillator to benefit everyone in the community who may need it in an emergency.

“My dad has suffered a heart attack and I understand how life-saving such a facility can be for people, so I am delighted it has been moved.”

Lynne explained that the club was planning to host first aid training sessions in the coming weeks.

She said: “We will hopefully get something organised soon.

“First aid is very important and running some classes on teaching it could potentially save lives.”

Mike Falconer, chair of Tranent and Elphinstone Community Council, said: “I was thrilled to see the defibrillator unveiled outside the bowling club.

“We were more than happy to support this and we are delighted to see it now easily accessible for all.”