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Motoring news

Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...

Perth & Kinross

Edzell couple recreate Brownie-themed wedding day picture 52 years on

February 18 2014

Some 52 years on, Hamish and Margaret McLauchlan stand in the doorway of Almondbank Church where they were married in 1962 with a Brownie guard of honour. The couple, who now live in Edzell, met when Hamish was on national service and Margaret was an assistant librarian at the Sandeman library in Perth. They returned to Almondbank at the weekend to help the girls of the 1st Almondbank Brownies celebrate the 100th anniversary of the youth movement. Margaret was a Brownie and eventually became the Perthshire’s group’s Brown Owl. The couple have three sons and two grandchildren. Colour photo by Phil Hannah


Documentary maker Neil John McLauchlan

June 4 2011

A well-respected documentary maker, who grew up in Angus, has died aged 46. Neil John McLauchlan was born in Perth Royal Infirmary, on November 9, 1964, and spent his early years in Coupar Angus, before moving to Dundee at the age of four. After a spell at Downfield Primary, Dundee, his family moved to Forfar in 1974, where he attended Langlands Primary School and Forfar Academy. A move to Edzell followed six years later and Mr McLauchlan completed his secondary education at Brechin High, excelling at English and history. He went on to study communications at Queen Margaret College, where he graduated with a degree. Mr McLauchlan managed a team of people at Telegael and made documentaries with La Mancha about the second world war, which were ahead of their time in their use of archive footage. He also worked on many children's productions, including the translation of Teletubbies into Irish gaelic. Outside work, his interests included amateur dramatics, playing the guitar and fishing, in addition to a passion for rock music and travelling. Mr McLauchlan is survived by his parents Hamish and Margaret McLauchlan, his brothers Colin and Athole, his sisters-in-law Chris and Kathy and his nephews and nieces Jamie, Katherine, Johnny and Isabelle. He is also survived by his partner, Moe Honan, whom he met in Edinburgh in 1994 and has lived with in Galway since 1996. In November last year, he was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer of the bile duct from which he died on May 26 in University Hospital, Galway. His funeral service was attended by around 200 people, including TV producers, writers, artists, comedians and musicians from the local arts community as well as family from Scotland and Ireland. Colin McLauchlan said, "No matter how much you all laughed with him, debated with him, danced with him or rocked with him it is nothing compared to the 46 years that my wee brother spent by my side from his first bed till last bed. "We half-shared bedrooms, scooters, Scalextric, sweets, records and ultimately we half-shared a life together."

Perth & Kinross

Woman abused police who arrived at house to search for girl

August 16 2013

A woman who screamed abuse at police searching for a missing girl has been ordered to undertake unpaid work. At Perth Sheriff Court on Thursday, a lawyer for Kelly Maguire, 37, said she had been unaware that the child was hiding in a wardrobe at her home in Perth’s Newton Place when police arrived at her door on May 12. Defence solicitor John McLauchlin said she had previous problems with officers after her partner died in a police-related incident and refused to let them in, screaming and swearing at them. Maguire admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting and swearing, and to calling police officer Derek Li a derogatory term in a racially aggravated offence. Depute fiscal Rebecca Kynaston told the court that officers had attended Maguire’s address after checking the missing girl’s Facebook account at around 2pm on the day in question. On the doorstep Maguire repeatedly called officers “piggy b*******” and told them to “f*** off” as the child was not there. Ms Kynaston said: “She was charged with abusing the police and she told them to f*** off again.” Mr McLauchlin said the girl was invited to the house by Maguire’s daughter and his client was unaware of her presence. He said: “Unknown to Ms Maguire, her daughter had brought the girl back in the house and hidden her in the wardrobe when police arrived. Ms Maguire asked her daughter if she had brought the girl to her house and she said she hadn’t.” Mr McLauchlan added that Maguire’s animosity was a result of her former partner’s death. He said: “He died during police operations. She has significant resentment about Tayside Police. As a result, she thought she was being targeted by police.” Sheriff William Wood told Maguire: “There must have been a point when you realised, due to their persistence, that this was a real investigation.” The sheriff imposed a community payback order of 60 hours.

Farming news

Pupils prepare award-winning burgers

April 26 2018

Meat may be off the menu in Edinburgh schools, but in Perthshire a primary class has helped a local butcher scoop a gold award for its Scotch lamb and mint burgers. Taking inspiration from Alexander McCall Smith’s novel The Perfect Hamburger, the Primary 4 children at Morrison’s Academy in Crieff developed their recipe then created promotional packaging, a poster and a short promotional video to enter the competition run by the Scottish Craft Butchers. The burger was produced by Murray Lauchlan, a seventh-generation butcher at David Comrie and Son. Morrison’s Academy head of primary, Morven Bulloch, said: “The pupils have developed their teamwork and leadership, listening and presenting, problem solving and creativity skills and really brought the project to life by working in partnership with a local family butcher. “Mr Lauchlan guided and assisted the pupils in running their own business and making their own burgers and to win gold is an amazing achievement. “We are looking forward to celebrating this success by holding our own barbecue, to allow the school community to sample the delights of Primary 4’s hard work.” Class teacher Gillian Lauchlan said the children had explored what it means to be enterprising. She added: “Making our own burger recipes and cooking them brought the project to life and knowing the burgers are now being made commercially is so exciting.” nnicolson@thecourier.co.uk

Scottish League 1

Brechin 0 Alloa 2 : City stung by dominant Wasps

May 6 2015

Brechin have a mountain to climb after the first leg of this SPFL Championship semi-final against Alloa. The Wasps had by far the better chances throughout with former Newcastle striker Michael Chopra opening the scoring and then deep in stoppage time on-loan Dundee defender Kyle Benedictus netted a second for the Wasps. Brechin boss Ray McKinnon made a whole host of changes from the team that was defeated by Stranraer at the weekend with regular first-choice picks Alan Trouten, Bobby Barr, Colin Hamilton, Andy Jackson, Gerry McLauchan and keeper Graeme Smith all drafted back in to the starting line-up. Not surprisingly considering everything that was at stake, there was a fast and furious opening to the game with neither side allowing the other a second on the ball. The result was that the first chance of the match didn’t arrive until the 24th minute when Alloa’s Mark Docherty tried a long-range chip with the ball sailing through to land on the top of Smith’s net. The keeper then had to be at his best just before half-time when Iain Flannigan got his head to a Docherty cross 12 yards out with Smith having to produce an outstanding save to claw the ball away for a corner. However, the goalie was helpless to prevent Alloa taking the lead in the 56th minute. Ryan McCord sent a ball to the Brechin back post towards Buchanan who cut it back for Chopra to easily net from close range past the helpless Smith. It was no more than Alloa deserved with City struggling as an attacking force and Wasps goalie John Gibson a virtual spectator. McKinnon brought on Robert Thomson and then Calum Tapping in a bid to change that and it almost worked when the latter whipped in a superb ball from the right with the former just inches away from what would have been a tap-in at the Alloa back post. Then in the 92nd minute, the Wasps Flannigan sent a corner in from the left all the way to the Brechin back post with Benedictus heading powerfully past Smith to leave the Angus side with it all to do in the second leg. Attendance 505. Brechin Smith, E. McNeil, Hamilton, McLean, McLauchlan, Fusco (Tapping, 72), Trouten (Ferguson, 85), Molloy, A. Jackson (Thomson, 64), Masson, Barr. Subs not used S. Jackson, Tough, P. O’Neil. Alloa Gibson, Doyle, Benedictus, Gordon, Chopra (Layne, 73), Cawley, Buchanan (Spence, 89), Docherty, McCord (Holmes, 80), Flannigan, Meggatt. Subs not used Hetherington, Ferguson, Ashgar, Couser. Referee Brian Colvin.


‘She has died of a broken heart’ Pain of seeing Hamish vanish was too much for Morag the duck

March 15 2016

The partner of a rare duck stolen from a Highland Perthshire farm has died of a broken heart. Morag McDuck had been pining ever since her partner Hamish, a mandarin drake, was taken from Guay Farm, near Ballinluig on Friday. Her owners discovered her lifeless body this morning. Posting on her Facebook page Missing Pets, Perth and Kinross Katie McCandless said: “She had no signs of illness so her mum can only think the stress of not having Hamish around has been too much and she has died of a broken heart. “Hamish and Morag mean the world to their owners and they have done everything to find Hamish just like anyone would for a missing dog or cat. “For someone to cause all this heartache by stealing Hamish is just so unfair. Their family is completely heartbroken this morning.” She added that Hamish’s owners had not given up hope of getting him back.


St Andrews pays tribute to famous feline Hamish McHamish

April 7 2014

A familiar furry face in St Andrews has been immortalised in bronze. For years a fluffy ginger cat named Hamish McHamish has freely roamed the streets of the historic Fife town, becoming a local celebrity in the process, and on Saturday a statue was unveiled in his honour by Provost of Fife Jim Leishman. And in his true inimitable style, the 14-year-old feline turned up just in time for the unveiling ceremony in a BMW car. Gallery: Crowds gather in St Andrews to honour cat about town Hamish McHamish. He was brought to meet Mr Leishman by a mystery chaperone before trotting off with an air of indifference. “I knew as soon as I started speaking he would go away,” joked the provost. Before revealing the model of Hamish, which was made by Kilmany-based sculptor David Annand and Fife stonemason Colin Sweeney, the provost paid tribute to Flora Selwyn. It was Mrs Selwyn who came up with the idea of establishing a monument similar to Greyfriars Bobby as a tribute to St Andrews’ own famous four-legged friend. A fundraising appeal went on to raise £5,000 for the statue. Mr Leishman added: “What a special lady this is. Without all her determination and hard work, this would not have happened today.” After students Hannah Holmes and Rosie Hanlon from St Andrews Opera had serenaded the assembled crowd with Rossini’s humorous duet for two cats, Hamish’s owner Marianne Baird said it all seemed a bit surreal. She said: “I can’t really get over it. All I did was get a kitten. “When he started to wander around, he used to go to Greyfriars Garden at night because it was a good hunting ground. I would call him and carry him home. If he didn’t want to come home, he would jump over the wall. “But more and more, he would just jump over the wall. He’s an amoral cat.” Music continued with a performance from The Alleycats while Hamish took refuge from the crowds in a nearby hairdressers. Ms Baird added: “I think he doesn’t really like crowds.” Jim McArthur, who chairs St Andrews Partnership, said Hamish had the habit of turning up in unexpected places including wandering across the stage during a Madras College assembly.


St Andrews cat Hamish McHamish is dead

September 11 2014

St Andrews’ much-loved cat Hamish McHamish has died. For years the fluffy ginger cat has freely roamed the streets of the historic Fife town, becoming a local celebrity in the process. It has been confirmed that the feline passed away this morning. Hamishwas 15 years old and died after battling a chest infection. Hamish’s Facebook page broke the news, posting that he died “peacefully, and with his Mum Marianne by his side” early on Thursday morning. “In the end, the chest infection that he had been battling proved too much for him and the kindest thing to do was to let him go.” the post added. “Thank you Hamish for the years of joy you’ve given us and for letting us all be part of your life. May your remarkable spirit live on forever in the town you loved...and ruled! Here’s to you, old chum.” Despite belonging to Marianne Baird, Mr McHamish adopted a nomadic life. He was indeed a remarkable cat who stalked the auld grey toon of St Andrews with majesty and pride. He had many homes, from student flats to shop windows. His ginger fur could be witnessed on coats across the town with many visitors, students and residents stopping to give the tom cat a cuddle. In April a statue was unveiled in his honour by provost of Fife Jim Leishman. It stands in the town's Church Square and has been compared to Edinburgh's Greyfriars Bobby dog. It was realised after editor of the St Andrews' Focus, Flora Selwyn, launched a bid to raise funds in 2013. https://www.youtube.com/embed/RGceochQUh8?rel=0 At the unveiling, Hamish arrived in true inimitable style in a BMW car. He was brought to meet Mr Leishman by a mystery chaperone before trotting off with an air of indifference. “I knew as soon as I started speaking he would go away,” joked the provost. Hamish's death is the second piece of bad news for local cat lovers in as many days. On Wednesday, the Glenturret Distillery announced that its new "mouser" Peat the kitten had been killed on the road.


Thousands flock to Inverkeithing games

August 9 2010

There were grey skies over west Fife, but a warm welcome for the large crowds that gathered for Inverkeithing Highland Games on Saturday. New chieftain Bill Galloway opened the games, held at Ballast Bank, for a day of highland dancing, heavyweight and track and cycling events. The warm weather and strong entry lists in the various competition helped attract thousands of spectators through the gates. Results: Track and field.90m M. Cockburn (Selkirk), A. Crawford (Annan), C. Gillan (TLJT). 200m G. Scott (TLJT), C. Keen (Selkirk), D. Thomson (LRC). 400m R. Matheson (Lasswade), C. Gillan (TLJT), M. Burns (Pitreavie). 800m M. Inglis (LRC), C. Bell (Forfar), T Ashby (Innerleithen). 1600m M. Inglis (LRC), R. Inglis (LRC), J. Thomson (Coaltown). Jim Fraser memorial mile R. Matheson (Lasswade), R. Inglis (LRC), C. Welsh (Kelso). Youth-90m D. Brand (DWF), J. Gillan (TLJT), H. McGurk (DWF). Tom Oliver 200m J. Gillan (TLJT), H. McGurk (DWF), S. Grant (Innerleithen). 800m C. Morris (DWF), E. Reid (Pitreavie), R. Graham (TLJT). 1600m H. Stewart (Blackburn), A. Horsburgh (LRC), E. Reid (Pitreavie). Cycling De'il tak' the hindmost T. Allan (Glenrothes), G. Murdoch (Glasgow), D. Howitt (Glenrothes). 800m-B. Roe (High Valleyfield), C. Hardie (Dalgety Bay), T. Allan (Glenrothes). 1600m B. Roe (High Valleyfield), D. Howitt (Glenrothes), T. Allan (Glenrothes). 3200m T. Allan (Glenrothes), J. Melville (Dunbarton), C. Murdoch (Glasgow). 6400m J. Allan (Glenrothes), C. Hardie (Dalgety Bay), G. Murdoch (Glasgow). Youths: 800m Callum Clark (Kirkcaldy), Connor Clark (Kirkcaldy), E. Sadeghpoor (Glenrothes). 1600m Connor Clark (Kircaldy), E. Sadeghpoor (Dalgety Bay), C. Clark (Kirkcaldy). He'ilanman's dash A. McKay (Cambuslang), D. Dowson (Middlesbrough), A. Neighbour (Melbourne). Heavy events.Shot: 16lb D. Dowson, A. Neighbour, A. MacKay. 22lb D. Dowson, A. Neighbour, A. Mackay. Weight for distance: 28lb A. Neighbour, D. Dowson, A. MacKay. 56lb-D. Dowson, A. Neighbour, A. MacKay. Hammer: 16lb D. Dowson, A. Neighbour, A. MacLean. 22lb D. Dowson, A. Neighbour, A. MacLean. Weight for height 56lb A. Neighbour, D. Dowson, A. MacLean, A. MacKay. Caber A. Neighbour, D. Dowson, A. MacLean. Overall winner D. Howson. Tug o' war Fife Southern Rugby Club, Central Bar (Inverkeithing), Queens Hotel 'A' Team. Piping.Grade 2 Lochgelly FP, Milngavie. Grade 3-Milngavie, RAF Leuchars Salex Galileo, Burntisland. Grade 4 RAF Leuchars Salex Galileo, Burntisland, Scarborough (Canada) P & D. Novice/juvenile Lochgelly HS, Milngavie, Inverkeithing HS. Drum major-M. Spain (Kinross and District). Solo piping M. Compton (Lochgelly), B. Sinclair (Paisley), M. Weir (Paisley). Under 18-R. Little (Milngavie), H. Freelander (Edinburgh), E. McGuigan (Inverkeithing). Under-15 L. Ferguson (Dollar), H. Freelander (Edinburgh), R. Woodfine (Inverkeithing). Hornpipe and jig M. Compton (Lochgelly), B. Sinclair (Paisley), L. McWilliams (Milngavie). Highland dancing.Novice: eight years and under- special fling E. McLauchlan, J. Bell, C. Urquhart. Highland fling C. Urquhart, J. Bell, D. Adamson. Swords J. Bell, C. Urquhart, C. Cotterill. Sean triubhais-E. Jones, E. McLauchlan, C. Cotterill. Flora C. Urquhart, C. Cotterill, E. McLauchlan. Lilt E. Jones, C. Cotterill, E. McLauchan. Overall winner C. Urquhart (Leven). Nine to 10-Special fling C. Jones, K. Milne, I. Dracup. Highland fling C. Jones, N. Fabian, I. Dracup. Swords C. Jones, N. Fabian, I. Dracup. Sean triubhais C. Jones, N. Fabian, S. Aitken. Flora C. Jones, N. Fabian, I. Dracup. Lilt C. Jones, N. Fabian, I. Dracup. Overall winner C. Jones (Dunfermline). 11 and over Special fling N. Kuzbyt, S. McCrae, D. Horsley. Highland fling J. Brown, N. Kuzbyt, D. Horsley. Swords S. McCrae, N. Kuzbyt, D. Horsley. Sean triubhais N. Kuzbyt, S. McCrae, D. Horsley. Flora S. McCrae, N. Kuzbyt, J. Brown. Lilt-N. Kuzbyt, D. Horsley, J. Brown. Overall winner Nicola Kuzbyt (Grangemouth). Intermediate. Nine and under: fling A. Acheson, H. McCole, L. Dobbie. Seann Triubhas H. McCole, R. Caulfield, L. Dobbie. Hullachan A. Acheson, R. McClean, H. McCole. Barracks Johnnie H. McCole, R. Caulfield, A. Acheson. Jig H. McCole, R. Caulfield, A. Acheson. Hornpipe R. Caulfield, A. Acheson, H. McCole. Overall winner H. McCole (Kirriemuir).10-11-Highland fling R. Sneddon, E. Forrester, A. Braid. Sean triubhais-R. Sneddon, A. Braid, E. Forrester. Hullachan R. Sneddon, A. Braid, E. Forrester. Barracks Johnnie R. Sneddon, A. Braid, E. Forrester. Irish jig-R. Sneddon, E. Forrester, A. Braid. Hornpipe R. Sneddon, F. Dastkhordi, E. Forrester. Overall winner R. Sneddon (Crossford).12 and over Highland fing L. Duncan, A. Sneddon, L. Gavin. Sean triubhais A. Sneddon, K. Miller, L. Duncan. Hullachan A. Sneddon, L. Duncan, K. Miller. Barracks Johnnie A. Sneddon, L. Duncan, L. Hughes. Irish jig A. Sneddon, L. Duncan, K. Miller. Hornpipe A. Sneddon, K. Miller, L. Duncan. Overall winner A. Sneddon (Edinburgh). Premier. Nine years: Highland fling J. Baillie, A. Donaldson. L. Barton. Sean triubhais A. Donaldson, L. Barton, E. Gorrie. Hullachan J. Baillie, L. Barton, A. Donaldson. Barracks Johnnie A. Donaldson, L. Barton, J. Baillie. Irish jig L. Peggie, L. Barton, J. Baillie. Hornpipe L. Barton, A. Donaldson, E. Gorrie. Overall winner-A. Donaldson (Kirriemuir). 11 years: Highland fling C. McClean, L. Buist, H. Donaldson. Sean triubhais H. Keir, H. Donaldson, C. McClean. Hullachan C. McClean, T. Urquhart, H. Keir. Barracks Johnnie H. Keir, H. Donaldson, O. Blennie. Irish jig O. Blennie, H. Donaldson, A. Machado. Hornpipe H. Keir, O. Blennie, C. McClean. Overall winner C. McClean (Edinburgh). 13 years: Highland fling A. J. Taylor, L. Rice, J. Currie. Sean triubhais L. Rice, H. Robertson, A. J. Taylor. Hullachan A. J. Taylor, L. Rice, H. Robertson. Barracks Johnnie A. J. Taylor, L. Rice, H. Robertson. Irish jig A. J. Taylor, R. Shirlaw. H. Robertson. Hornpipe A. J. Taylor, L. Rice, R. Shirlaw. Overall winner A. J. Taylor (New Zealand). 15 years: Highland fling C. Walker, K. Crawford, E. Macdonald. Sean triubhais C. Walker, K. Crawford, A. Carmichael. Hullachan E. Macdonald, K. Crawford, A. Carmichael. Barracks Johnnie C. Walker, E. Macdonald, K. Crawford. Irish jig A. Carmichael, C. Adamson, E. Macdonald. Hornpipe C. Walker, E. Macdonald, K. Crawford. Overall winner-C. Walker (Leslie). Adults: Highland fling E. Morrison, K. Brown, R. Hart-Winks. Sean triubhais E. Lowson, R. Hart-Winks, S. Horner. Hullachan E. Morrison, E. Lowson, K. Brown. Barracks Johnnie R. Hart-Winks, E. Lowson, E. Morrison. Irish jig E. Lowson, E. Morrison, K. Brown. Hornpipe E. Lowson, R. Hart-Winks, S. Horner. Overall winner E. Lowson (Forfar).