High Life Highland announced the most recent addition to its Inverness Catering portfolio when it welcomed guests and customers to the opening of the Hilton Community Centre café on Friday afternoon.

Speaking after the event, HLH Chair, Ian Ross said, “I am really pleased to see this important community service re-opened to the public in such a short time. It is great to see the place busy and in full operation, with so many customers clearly pleased to have the facility available to them again.

I am also pleased that the previous staff have transferred to HLH and therefore customers will continue to see well-known faces serving their coffee and cakes. The staff have been extremely positive about the transfer to HLH and I would personally thank them for their support and assistance over the last week in getting the café re-opened slightly earlier than we’d planned.”

Speaking about the Community Centre café, Inverness Ness-side Ward Member Cllr Ron MacWilliam said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Hilton Café now has a certain future and that the hard-working staff have been transferred over to work for High Life Highland. The Hilton Community Centre is a life-line for many people, not just in terms of the community groups and services on offer but also as a social hub for every age group. The decision to take over the café shows that High Life Highland are listening to the people they serve and I commend them for showing such strong commitment to the Hilton community. “

The HLH team at Hilton Community Centre will be welcoming customers every day during the week between 10am and 4pm where they will be serving high quality coffee, bakery and snacks to the Hilton community.

HLH Café at Hilton team leader Sharon Cameron said: “I am delighted that the café is back open again as it is an integral part of the Hilton community, I am looking forward to welcoming all our customers but particularly some who are in their eighties and really enjoy having the café as an opportunity to enjoy a cup of coffee and a chat.”

Concluding, Angus Dick, voluntary Chairman of the Hilton Community Centre Management Committee said, “I am really pleased that working in partnership with HLH we have managed to secure the future of the community centre’s café as well as ensuring the job security of the staff who have worked in the centre for many, many years. The café is really important to the Hilton community, so I look forward to personally visiting the café and making use of services that are available again.”