The Perth panto crowd clapped and cheered as a cast member pulled his partner onto stage for a Christmas Eve proposal. Ian Bustard used the performance of Dick McWhittington to pop the question to now-bride-to-be Donna at Perth Concert Hall. The capacity crowd whooped with delight as the shocked woman, who had been sitting in the audience happily agreed to his shock request. https://www.facebook.com/angel109876/videos/vb.1465446977/10207798729393935/?type=2&theater Ian, who plays sweet shop owner Stanley Mills in the show, went down on one knee on stage for the romantic gesture. Perth panto stalwart Barrie Hunter initially told the audience one watcher would receive a special gift and pretended to pull a random seat number from a draw before inviting Donna forward. It was clear as she mounted the stage Donna had no idea what was going to happen until Ian appeared from the wings. One audience member said: "It was a perfect way for the panto to end. The crowd loved it and I don't think the couple will ever forget the moment. "It was obviously pre-planned and couldn't have gone better." Ian Bustard's theatre credits include Still Game, while he has also appeared on-screen in Outlander, Casualty and Rab C Nesbitt. As a film maker, he won a New Talent Scottish BAFTA for Marty Goes to Hollywood.
A Montrose mother-of-three lived for about an hour after being hit on the head and could have survived the initial blow, a neuropathologist told a murder trial. Dr William Stewart said there was bruising and bleeding to the right side of Kimberley MacKenzie’s brain and signs of brain swelling. But with immediate medical attention, she could have lived. Dr Stewart was giving evidence at the trial of Steven Jackson and Michelle Higgins at the High Court in Glasgow. The couple deny murdering and dismembering Ms Mackenzie in Montrose on October 27 last year. The trial previously heard Ms MacKenzie had been hit on the head at least 11 times with a blunt object and stabbed about 40 times. Dr Stewart told the jury that he examined the brain last December. He said, in addition to the bruising and bleeding, there had been a segment of bone which looked like it had been “embedded on impact”. The court was told Dr Stewart examined sections of the brain to determine how long Ms MacKenzie had survived after the initial blow to her head. He said: “We use experience and data to produce a timeline. “The textbooks would suggest changes would take three to four hours, however my conservative estimate would be an hour or slightly less than an hour.” He then said that, with medical intervention, the head injury was “potentially survivable”. Defence QC Donald Findlay, representing Mr Jackson, suggested that changes in the brain caused by decay could account for his findings and suggested that Ms MacKenzie died shortly after being injured. Dr Stewart replied: “This is by no means a brain which masked the changes.” Jackson, 40, and Higgins, 29, are accused of murdering Ms MacKenzie by repeatedly striking her on the head, neck and body with a hammer or similar instrument and striking her with a knife in Market Street, Montrose, on 27 October last year. They are also accused of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by dismembering her body using a saw, knives and a screwdriver and wrapping parts of her body in bin liners and bags and hiding them in bins in Market Street, Patons Lane, Chapel Street and William Phillips Drive, all in Montrose, between October 27 and November 4 2015. The trial before judge Lady Rae continues.
A 16-year-old youth has appeared in court accused of raping a 13-year-old girl. The offence is alleged to have taken place at the youth’s home in Rosyth on Sunday. The accused appeared on petition at Dunfermline Sheriff Court and made no plea and no declaration. He was committed for further examination and was released on bail. The youth cannot be named for legal reasons.
Dundee FC have appointed former Airdrie manager Jimmy Boyle as their new head of youth development. Boyle was boss of Airdrieonians for three years between 2010 and 2013, guiding them to promotion to the 1st Division. Boyle holds both an ‘A’ Licence and his Youth Licence and after leaving Airdrie, moved straight into a role with the Scottish Football Association where he was part of their licensing set-up, including coaching coaches and managers, licensing coaches and managing coach and player development. His role at Dens will see him take on a similar role with the academy set up. He will be in charge of the club's youth set up right through to the under-20s in the SPFL Development League. It is designed to create a route for the youngsters from an early age to the full- time set up. Manager Paul Hartley said: “We are delighted to have Jimmy as part of the club. "He is fully qualified for the role and his experience and links with the SFA will be a valuable asset to our academy system.” Managing Director John Nelms said: "It was a long search to ensure we got the man who fits the high standards we have set for our academy. "Jimmy’s philosophies and standards will raise the level not only of our players but also our coaches in our quest to develop our young players into modern professionals. "Jimmy has a wealth of experience and great ties throughout the country and is another solid brick in the foundation of our great club.’
While Pete Wishart narrowly avoided losing his seat, his SNP colleague in neighbouring Ochil and Perthshire South was not so fortunate. Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh of the SNP was soundly defeated by Luke Graham of the Conservatives. The former lawyer became one of the highest profile Nationalist victims of the night as she saw a majority of more than 10,000 vanish. Mr Graham, an accountant who moved to the area recently, took 41.48% of the vote, to his rival’s 35.28% — a majority of more than 3,000. The result proved to be a major shock — albeit on a lesser scale than many others across the country — because of the scale of Ms Ahmed-Sheikh’s previous lead and her high profile. She has been a vociferous and frequent speaker in the House of Commons and a key ally of former First Minister, Alex Salmond. However, she remains embroiled in controversy after being linked to a financial investigation into a law firm of which she was previously a partner. For Mr Graham, it was second time lucky in the seat, having come in third place in 2015. On that occasion he won just 20.71% of the vote — 11,987 votes — meaning he has nearly doubled his share.
A Montrose youth football link-up has been hailed as a “flagship model” for the sport by the Scottish Football Association. Montrose Youth FC and Links Park Community Trust (LPCT) have joined forces in a collaboration which will see the youth football club become a member of the community trust. They will work closely to improve the quality of coaching, provide enhanced facilities and increase funding potential. Montrose Youth currently has 14 boys and girls teams and are Angus Club Excellence Accredited to Gold level. They also have a Scottish FA Standard Quality Mark which they aim to improve to Legacy Status with the help of the partnership. Club Chairman, Lee Walker said: “We are excited about the prospect of working with an established charity that shares our goals and vision for youth football locally. “LPCT bring experience and knowledge that will support us and our members greatly in further developing our football operations and improving the coaching standard we can offer, as well as assistance in areas of funding which will enable us to realise our plans for improved facilities.” As the independent charitable arm of Montrose FC, LPCT delivers an extensive range of innovative programmes in the areas in sport, education and health. It engages weekly with hundreds of youngsters and, as well as being Angus Partnership EXCELLENCE AWARD Winners, is also a member of the European Football for Development Network. Trust Chief Executive, Peter Davidson, said: “Montrose Youth FC are a very professional, progressive organisation and I am delighted that through their membership of LPCT we will now be able to direct some of our resources, both physical and financial, to support their continued growth.” The Scottish FA has also welcomed the move. East Region Manager, Kevin Lee said: “Our aim within the Scottish FA is to support clubs so they can offer football for all and for life. “This collaborative approach is a flagship club model which will help deliver this vision. “This partnership between a professional club, a club trust and a Quality Mark club is a shining example of football coming together to benefit their community and the sport.” The addition of Montrose Youth will see the reach of the trust increase from more than 1,100 participants each week, to almost 1,400 — more than 10% of the local population — with an age range of one to 84 years of age.
The manager of a Fife animal rescue centre died following exposure to a deadly lung disease after a string of safety breaches by the SSPCA. Sandra Bonar was diagnosed with Extinsic Allergic Alveolitis (EAA) in 2000 and died in 2010 from complications associated with the condition. It is caused by exposure to avian allergens from birds’ droppings and feathers. Ms Bonar had been manager at Middlebank Wildlife Centre in Fife run by Scotland’s major animal welfare charity, the SSPCA. The charity has admitted failing to protect the wellbeing of its own workers for years and was brought to court as a defendant for the first time in its 178-year history. Depute fiscal Gavin Callaghan said Ms Bonar had been diagnosed with EAA and died in 2010 “from complications associated with EAA”. However, the charity has not been convicted of causing any actual harm to employees, as was pointed out by defence QC Peter Gray, who also highlighted the “vital public service” the SSPCA performs. Mr Gray said the society was “a conscientious employer” and that the breaches of health and safety obligations were “wholly out of character”. “It has a good safety record and took robust steps to address its admitted failings. It was not a deliberate breach or a breach made with a view to cost-cutting,” he added. Middlebank, which closed in 2012, was widely praised for its work in the rehabilitation of injured animals such as oiled birds, rescued from the sea. But a series of inspections carried out by Fife Council’s environmental health department and the Health and Safety Executive, found shortcomings. Between 2006 and 2012, staff at Middlebank were put at risk of contracting EAA and sufficient safeguards were not in place to prevent or control exposure. Although the charges admitted do not include causing any actual harm to employees, Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard Sandra Bonar succumbed to issues around the condition. Inspectors found a string of failings, including workers not being supplied with the appropriate protective equipment such as face-masks and overalls. The SSPCA admitted offences committed on various dates between November 1 2006 and April 30 2009, and between July 1 2011 and April 30 2012, at the Dunfermline centre. It breached health and safety procedures by failing to take suitable measures or assessments to prevent or control the exposure of employees to hazardous substances. It failed to provide personal protective equipment, including respiratory suitable gear and air ventilation, filtration or extraction systems. Between November 1 2006 and November 12 2008, it failed to provide suitable health surveillance arrangements to enable it to fully monitor its employees for any harmful effects of exposure to avian allergens and did not provide adequate training for employees were exposed to avian allergens. Sheriff Craig McSherry deferred sentence until 17th May. Founded in 1839, the SSPCA is the only animal charity in the UK recognised as a reporting agency to the Crown Office and its inspectors can enforce animal welfare law.
A six feet five inches bronze sculpture by the late Dundee sculptor, William Turnbull, which was treasured until his death by David Bowie, sold for £317,000 at auction. It was more than double the £80,000 to £120,000 the sculpture, Large Idol had been expected to fetch. The mystery bidder at the Sotheby’s sale made it the third most valuable sculpture by Turnbull sold at auction. Small Venus,the other William Turnbull sculpture in the David Bowie auction, sold for £35,000, nearly three times the expected £8,000 to £12,000. In total, buyers spent £24.3 million on the sale of Bowie’s vast personal art collection after initial estimates predicted sales of between £8.1 million to £11.7 million. A 1984 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat called Air Power sold for an unprecedented £7.1 million after intense bidding. Frank Auerbach’s painting Head of Gerda Boehm - a piece famously adored by Bowie - sold for £3.8 million, 10 times its estimate and a record for the artist. Along with the Auerbach piece, the first session of auctions for Bowie’s collection broke 11 records for 20th Century British artists. The musician, who died in January aged 69, was a passionate collector of modern art and, during his life, kept his collection largely private. Collectors from 46 countries registered to bid for the 47 works on offer, after 37,000 people attended the display at Sotheby’s, the most visitors ever at a pre-sale exhibit in London. Oliver Barker, the chairman of Sotheby’s Europe said: “Sotheby’s is truly honoured to have had the opportunity to share this collection with the world and, in doing so, offer a fresh insight into the creative mind of one of the greatest cultural figures of our time.” A spokesperson for the Estate of David Bowie, which will receive the money raised at the auctions, said: “David always enjoyed sharing the works in the collection, loaning to museums and actively supporting the art and artists that were part of his world. “While the family have kept certain pieces of particular significance, now was the time for others to share David’s love for these remarkable works and let them live on.” More of Bowie’s collection is due to be auctioned on Friday in two further sales. William Turnbull Dundee-born Turnbull’s life was a classic rags to riches story. When his father lost his job as a shipyard engineer during the Great Depression the 15-year-old was forced to leave school and find part-time work as a labourer. He went on to a role painting film posters before being employed as an illustrator by DC Thomson. He also attended an evening drawing class at Dundee University,where he was taught by Dundee artist James McIntosh Patrick. In 1941,during the Second World War,he joined the RAF and served as a pilot in Canada,India and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). When the war ended he became a sculptor. In 1960,he married artist Kim Lim and in 1962 he travelled to Japan, Cambodia and Lim’s native Singapore. He later produced a series of totemic sculptures which were inspired by the religious sites he had visited on his travels. William Turnbull was ninety when he died on November 15, 2012. Some of his work is owned by the Tate Gallery,in London,and by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.
A doctor has denied killing a woman after allegedly supplying her with drugs. Katy McAllister faced the accusation at a short hearing at the High Court in Glasgow. The 30 year-old is charged with the culpable homicide of Louise McGowan in May last year. It is alleged at two addresses in Dundee – including a tattoo parlour – she “recklessly and unlawfully” supplied “controlled and potentially lethal drugs”. These include tramadol, temazepam and codeine. The indictment states Miss McGowan, also of Dundee, “ingested” the drugs and died a day later. McAllister also faced a string of other allegations. These included a charge that she stole quantities of the class C drug Midazolam from Ninewells Hospital in Dundee between June and August 2014. Prosecutors further claim she did “supply or offer to supply” drugs to a number of individuals. Mark Stewart QC, defending, pleaded not guilty on her behalf. Judge Lady Rae adjourned the case until a further hearing later this year. Bail for McAllister, of Dundee, was continued.
An RAF serviceman from Fife has disappeared after a night out with friends in East Anglia. Corrie McKeague, 23, who is based at RAF Honington, was last seen in Brentgovel Street in Bury St Edmunds at around 3.20am on Saturday. The gunner has not been seen or been in contact with anyone since, although CCTV footage appears to show he briefly slept in a doorway before getting up and moving away. The location of the doorway is several miles from his home. Suffolk Constabulary released a brief CCTV clip of Mr McKeague on Wednesday night. The National Police Air Service helicopter has been deployed to help with searches and police have appealed for anyone who may have seen him since, or who may have information about his whereabouts, to come forward. Police are also asking dog walkers or anyone who may be in the countryside around Bury St Edmunds to get in touch if they notice anything unusual. Mr McKeague is described as white, 5ft 10in tall, of medium build, with short light brown hair. He was wearing a light pink polo shirt and white jeans at the time he was last seen. A police spokesman said: "Officers are concerned for his welfare and are asking anyone who may have seen Corrie, or anyone who has any information on his whereabouts, to contact the duty sergeant at Bury St Edmunds on 101."