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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...

Road tests

Audi Q2 puts quality over size

March 21 2018

Audi’s Q2 was one of the first premium compact SUVs on the market. It sits below the Q3, Q5 and the gigantic, seven seat Q7 in Audi’s ever growing range. Although it’s about the same size as the Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc, its price is comparable with the much larger Nissan X-Trail or Volkswagen Tiguan. Even a basic Q2 will set you back more than £21,000 and top whack is £38,000. Then there’s the options list which is extensive to say the least. My 2.0 automatic diesel Quattro S Line model had a base price of £30,745 but tipped the scales at just over £40,000 once a plethora of additions were totted up. Size isn’t everything, however. In recent years there’s been a trend of buyers wanting a car that’s of premium quality but compact enough to zip around town. It may be a step down in size but the Q2 doesn’t feel any less classy than the rest of Audi’s SUV range. The interior looks great and is user friendly in a way that more mainstream manufacturers have never been able to match. The simple rotary dial and shortcut buttons easily trounce touchscreen systems, making it a cinch to skim through the screen’s menus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eQ5p5Z7-Ek&list=PLUEXizskBf1nbeiD_LqfXXsKooLOsItB0 There’s a surprising amount of internal space too. I took three large adults from Dundee to Stirling and no one complained about feeling cramped. As long as you don’t have a tall passenger behind a tall driver you can easily fit four adults. At 405 litres the boot’s big too – that’s 50 litres more than a Nissan Juke can muster. Buyers can pick from 1.0 and 1.4 litre petrol engines or 1.6 and 2.0 litre TDIs. Most Q2s are front wheel drive but Audi’s Quattro system is standard on the 2.0 diesel, as is a seven-speed S Tronic gear box. On the road there’s a clear difference between this and SUVs by manufacturers like Nissan, Seat and Ford. Ride quality, while firm, is tremendously smooth. Refinement is excellent too, with road and tyre noise kept out of the cabin. It sits lower than the Q3 or Q5 and this improves handling, lending the Q2 an almost go-kart feel. On a trip out to Auchterhouse, with plenty of snow still on the ground, I was appreciative of the four-wheel drive as well. The Q2 is expensive – though there are some good finance deals out there – but you get what you pay for. Few cars this small feel as good as the Q2 does. Price: £30,745 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds Top speed: 131mph Economy: 58.9mpg CO2 emissions: 125g/km

UK & World

This student took his Tinder profile to the next level by turning it into a PowerPoint presentation

February 21 2018

Standing out from the crowd on Tinder can be tough, but with the help of Microsoft PowerPoint a British student has managed just that – and gone viral in the process.Sam Dixey, a 21-year-old studying at Leeds University, made a six-part slideshow entitled “Why you should swipe right” – using pictures and bullet points to shrewdly persuade potential dates to match with him on the dating app. The slideshow includes discussion of his social life and likes, such as “petting doggos” and “laser tag”, and “other notable qualities and skills” – such as being “not the worst at sex” and “generous when drunk”.It even has reviews mocked up from sources such as “Donald Trump”, “Leonardo Di Capri Sun” and “The Times Guide to Pancakes 2011”.Sam told the Press Association the six-slide presentation only took about 20 minutes to make and “started off as a joke”.However, since being posted to Twitter by fellow Tinder user Gracie Barrow, Sam’s slideshow has been shared tens of thousands of times across social media.So, it’s got the seal of approval form Gracie, but how has the slideshow fared on Tinder? “I’d have to say it has been pretty successful,” Sam said. “Definitely a clear correlation of matches and dates beforehand to afterwards.“Most of the responses tend to revolve around people saying ‘I couldn’t help swipe right 10/10’ but I’ve had some people go the extra mile and message me on Facebook.“Plus some people have recognised me outside, in the library and on dates.”A resounding success.

UK politics

Devolved governments to be offered Brexit deal group

October 24 2016

Nicola Sturgeon will be offered a direct line into the UK Government’s Brexit strategy by Thresea May. The Prime Minister claims the new forum, chaired by Brexit Secretary David Davis, will allow the leaders of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish governments help shape the deal to quit Europe. It comes as First Minister Ms Sturgeon backed her Welsh counterpart Carwyn Jones, saying it would “not be acceptable for the devolved administrations to simply be consulted on UK Government plans” ahead of crunch talks to be held on Monday. Ms May said: “The country is facing a negotiation of tremendous importance and it is imperative that the devolved administrations play their part in making it work. "The new forum I am offering will be the chance for them all to put forward their proposals on how to seize the opportunities presented by Brexit and deliver the democratic decision expressed by the people of the UK.” If the PM’s offer is accepted, a new sub-committee of the Joint Ministerial Committee, which pulls together the UK’s four administrations, will be established and attended by nominees put forward by devolved governments. Ms May will offer a first meeting by the end of November and at least one more by Christmas as negotiations progress before Article 50 , the formal mechanism for leaving the EU, is triggered by the end of March. She is also is expected to say that no final strategy decisions have been taken and that how the UK leaves the EU will not boil down to a binary choice. In a letter to the Conservative leader ahead of the meeting, SNP boss Ms Sturgeon called for the UK Government to produce a clearly mapped out programme of involvement, supported by a detailed timeline, to ensure that a negotiating position is agreed that reflects different views across the country. She backed Mr Jones, a Labour politician, in arguing for the planned negotiating package to be subject to a vote in all four of the United Kingdom’s parliaments and assemblies and demanded Article 50is not triggered until there is an agreed UK approach. Ms Sturgeon wrote: “It will not be acceptable for the devolved administrations to simply be consulted on UK Government plans. We must have meaningful input into the decision making structure and the formation of negotiating positions.”

Motoring news

Join the queue for littlest Audi Q

November 9 2016

Audi’s relentless release of new models continues with the launch of its smallest SUV. The Q2 goes on sale in the UK next week with prices starting at £22,380. There’s an extensive selection of petrol and diesel power trains as well as the option of front or Quattro four-wheel drive. More models will be added to the range later on, including powerful SQ2 and RSQ2 versions. Aimed squarely at a younger audience, the Q2 has bolder, sharper lines and a different shape to Audi’s bigger SUVs, the Q3, Q5 and Q7. Although it’s clearly meant more for buzzing around cities than growling across farmland, cladding and skid plates lend it an aura of ruggedness. Audi is also offering a range of vibrant colours to deepen the Q2’s appeal to youthful buyers. The interior is as plush as you’d expect from Audi, justifying its price hike over similarly sized SUVs like the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V. The materials are high quality – softtouch plastics, leather on higher spec cars and brushed aluminium trim elements all blended into a smart-looking package. As standard, drivers get a seven-inch infotainment screen on top of the dashboard. It’s operated through Audi’s rotary dial system that’s far more intuitive and easier to use when on the move than rivals’ touchscreen systems. Among the many options is Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit - a 12.3in screen that replaces the manual instruments behind the steering wheel. Overall, the Q2 is 4.7in shorter than the A3 hatchback, but Audi says there’s enough leg and headroom for two adult passengers in the back. Boot space comes in at 405 litres – 50 more than you’ll find in the A3 hatchback and rival Nissan Juke, although it trails the Mini Countryman by the same amount. To begin with, the only diesel option is a 1.6 litre with 114bhp, although a more powerful 184bhp 2.0 litre unit will be added to the range soon. Similarly, the petrol engine range is limited for now but will be expanded by the end of the year. The 1.4 litre, 148bhp unit offered now will be joined by 1.0 litre, 114bhp three cylinder turbo and 2.0 litre, 187bhp options – the latter coming with an S-Tronic automatic gearbox. When it arrives the 1.0 litre petrol version will be the cheapest model in the range with a price tag of £20,230. Courier Motoring has yet to get its hands on the car but early reviews have been very positive and Audi looks to have yet another winner on its hands. jmckeown@thecourier.co.uk

Rocktalk

Award-winning Tayside song writer Eddie Cairney immortalises Queensferry Crossing in tune

October 25 2017

An award-winning Tayside song writer who immortalised the 50th anniversary of the Tay Road Bridge in music last year has released an EP which pays tribute to the newly opened Queensferry Crossing over the Forth. Perth-born Eddie Cairney, 65, who now lives in Arbroath, has released an album called ‘Sketches o' the QC’ which includes songs dedicated to the “isolated” workers who were employed during construction and contrasts the old Forth Road Bridge to the new crossing with its wind shields designed to keep traffic flowing during storms. Eddie, who delayed the release of the album due to family illness and bereavement, said: “It's just another quirky album like I did for the Tay Road Bridge. https://youtu.be/Z6BblA_Zev4 “As you can probably imagine, how do you write six songs about a bridge? “I usually end up using a process of creative journalism. I get a few facts or even just a single fact and then I let my imagination take over. “With each album early on in the writing process I draw a blank and think there's nothing here I can write about but there's always something to write about. “You just have to hang around long enough and it comes eventually. https://youtu.be/a9NyQAFjDsY “I just took threads from here and there. I was going to call the album The Queensferry Crossing but thought that was a bit boring so I went for Sketches o' the Q.C. “It introduces a bit of ambiguity. If you Google the name you get lots of drawings of court scenes!” Eddie was inspired to write Columba Cannon after reading an article about the general foreman for the foundations and towers. https://youtu.be/y_y1y8oV7vo Eddie said: “It was the name that got me and that gave me the first line of the song "He is a bridge builder wi a missionary zeal" Has to be with a name like Columba!” Fishnet bridge was set in a meditative light, describing the bridge as a “thing of beauty that looks like a big fish net glistening high above the Forth but it is a symbolic fishnet with the song taking the form of an imaginary conversation with the bridge.” https://youtu.be/dJgsl2WQ5G0   “Midday starvation came from an article which highlighted the isolation of the workers working high up on the bridge,” he added. https://youtu.be/Dme-bfCXHRI “If you forget your piece you've had it and you starve for there's no nipping round to the corner shop for a pie. The article also said that a local pizza delivery firm regularly delivered a pallet load of warm pizzas to the bridge so that was "midday salvation"! Meanwhile, The boys frae the cheese is a play on words. https://youtu.be/phtQ2-Xx1I0 He added: “I read an article that said The Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA) could have acted sooner and avoided the costly closure of the bridge at the end of 2015.” Eddie is no stranger to music and song influenced by Dundee and wider Scottish history. In 2015 he featured in The Courier for his efforts to put the complete works of Robert Burns to music. With a piano style influenced by Albert Ammons, Champion Jack Dupree and Memphis Slim, and a song-writing style influenced by Matt McGinn, Michael Marra and Randy Newman, the former Perth High School pupil, who wrote the 1984 New Zealand Olympic anthem, has organised a number of projects over the years including the McGonagall Centenary Festival  for Dundee City Council in 2002. Last year’s Tay Road Bridge album included a tribute to 19th century poet William Topas McGonagall and also honoured Hugh Pincott – the first member of the public to cross the Tay Road Bridge in 1966. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y51tixl9GEs Thanks to The Courier, he also became one of the first to cross the Queensferry Crossing  when it opened to the public in the early hours of August 30.

Farming news

Aberdeen-Angus DNA test hailed by Victor Wallace

February 13 2015

The adoption of a new DNA test to authenticate the pedigree of all Aberdeen-Angus calves will put the breed in the vanguard of genomic technology, retiring Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society president, Victor Wallace, told a packed annual at Stirling. The society has decided to collect blood samples using special ear tags which incorporate a small uniquely identified receptacle. As the tag is inserted soon after birth the small amount of displaced tissue and blood is captured ready for future DNA testing. Responding to criticism of the society’s decision to use only one company, Caisley, for the collection of samples, Mr Wallace insisted Caisley was the only ear tag company which had the technology to meet the society’s required specification. “We invited a number of ear tag companies to tender and some didn’t bother to reply while others couldn’t meet the spec,” said Mr Wallace. “It is a simple and inexpensive system which most breeders are finding easy to use.” The aim is to collect blood samples from all bull calves to enable the sire of all calves to be verified in the case of any uncertainty or dispute and to authenticate beef being sold as Aberdeen-Angus.” The move by the society has been welcomed by major supermarkets selling Aberdeen-Angus beef. Mr Wallace added: “This process was extensively and rigorously tested with management and council visits to the manufacturers in Germany and the completion of field trials. After this process it was brought back to council and unanimously approved. “Like all changes, there has been some resistance but I am convinced that putting the society in a position to be leading in genomic testing can only be a good one. “We should be leaders, not followers.” Mr Wallace admitted that a £34,000 re-branding exercise carried out over the past year, which included the dropping of the society’s long-established black, green and yellow colours, left room for “significant improvement”. The issue, particularly improvement to the website, would, he said, be addressed in the coming year. The decision to prop up the pension fund of chief executive, Ron McHattie, by £120,000 in four tranches was defended by new president, David Evans, who explained that it was a “catching up” operation as the funding of the pension had not been addressed for 11 years and annuity rates had halved in that time. Mr Evans, who works as a financial adviser, runs a 60-cow pedigree herd in Cleveland with his wife, Penny, and has been chairman of the society’s breed promotion committee. He is planning a series of open days throughout the country this year to promote the commercial attributes of the Aberdeen-Angus breed. “There is a huge and growing demand for certified Aberdeen-Angus beef with the active involvement of most of the leading supermarkets in the UK and registrations in the Herd Book are at a record level and continuing to increase,” said Mr Evans. “But we can’t stand still and it is important that the breed adopts all the latest technology to take the breed forward in the future.” New senior vice-president is Tom Arnott, Haymount, Kelso, while Alex Sanger, Prettycur, Montrose, was appointed junior vice-president.

Motoring news

Form an orderly Q for Audi SUV

August 10 2016

First there was the Q7. Then the Q5 and Q3. All have been a phenomenal success for Audi. I’d be surprised if that script changes when the Q2 arrives in November. Audi’s baby SUV is available to order now with prices starting at £22,380. Can’t quite stretch to that? Don’t worry, an entry level three-cylinder 1.0 litre version will be available later this year with a cover tag of £20,230. From launch, there are three trim levels available for the Q2 called SE, Sport and S Line. The range-topping Edition #1 model will be available to order from next month priced from £31,170. While the entry-level 113bhp 1.0-litre unit isn’t available right away, engines you can order now include a 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel and 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol unit, both with manual or S tronic automatic transmissions. Also joining the Q2 line-up from September is the 2.0-litre TDI diesel with 148bhp or 187bhp. This unit comes with optional Quattro all-wheel drive. A 2.0 litre petrol with Quattro and S tronic joins the range next year. Standard equipment for the new Audi Q2 includes a multimedia infotainment system with rotary/push-button controls, supported with sat-nav. Audi’s smartphone-friendly interface, 16in alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and heated and electric mirrors are all also standard for the Audi. Along with the optional Audi virtual cockpit and the head-up display, the driver assistance systems for the Audi Q2 also come from the larger Audi models – including the Audi pre sense front with pedestrian recognition that is standard. The system recognises critical situations with other vehicles as well as pedestrians crossing in front of the vehicle, and if necessary it can initiate hard braking – to a standstill at low speeds. Other systems in the line-up include adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, traffic jam assist, the lane-departure warning system Audi side assist, the lane-keeping assistant Audi active lane assist, traffic sign recognition and rear cross-traffic assist.

Dundee

Locals promise to fight ‘monstrous’ turbines

March 23 2010

Angry locals claim two giant wind turbines -- described as "monstrosities" -- planned for the Port of Dundee will ruin the city's skyline. The house of Mr Adam's neighbours, Gordon and Wendy McQuillan, also looks straight over the planned site. Last night they said alternative methods of generating power should be looked into before planning permission is granted. "We've got a great skyline here, these are not really things to put in the middle of a city," Mr McQuillan said. Mr McQuillan continued, "I am into renewable energy but they will dominate the whole landscape and when you come over the bridge they are going to be the first thing that catches your eye." He added, "It's just a bit too much. From an aesthetic point for the city it is going to be an eyesore. "I think they should investigate other alternatives rather than putting it right on the skyline because we have a beautiful cityscape." The couple expressed concern about more turbines being erected in the future, saying a precedent would then be set if planning permission is given. Forth Energy's managing director Calum Wilson said the turbines could make Dundee a major player in the renewable energy world. He said, "Dundee has the potential to be a real powerhouse in renewables and if our plans go ahead the turbines could generate electricity equivalent to meeting the needs of up to 3800 homes. "In developing this project we recognise the importance of working closely with local partners in Dundee and local communities. "We hope that local people will take the opportunity to come along to the public exhibition to comment on our proposals and discuss their views with our team. "The turbines will contribute to Dundee's energy needs in the years ahead whilst also adding further generating capacity towards the Scottish Government's target of 50% of Scotland's electrical energy being supplied from renewable sources by 2020." The proposed turbines will have an electricity generating capacity of between 2MW and 2.5MW each, which they say will be put into the city's main power grid. The maximum height of the turbines would be 127m to the tip of the blade, making them a similar size to the 120m high ones at the Michelin factory near Claypotts. A series of detailed studies are being undertaken in support of the planning application, which is due to be submitted to Dundee City Council early this summer. The proposal for the two wind turbines in Dundee's port is in addition to the existing renewable energy projects being undertaken by Forth Energy, including plans for four biomass plants at Dundee, Rosyth, Grangemouth and Leith. A spokesman for Forth Energy said, "At this stage of the project we are keen to hear from local residents and stakeholders to get their views on our proposals. "Forth Energy staff will be on hand at the forthcoming public exhibition to discuss the proposal with members of the public." The plan for the 127-metre high structures at Stannergate has generated fury among locals who say the turbines will not only ruin their outlooks but will give a bad impression for those travelling into Dundee from Broughty Ferry and over the Tay road bridge. Laura McLean of Primrose Bank, which overlooks one of the planned sites just off Broughty Ferry Road, described the turbines as "monsters" and said the idea to site them at the forefront of the city while efforts were being made to improve the waterfront was "ridiculous." "At a time when we are about to demolish Tayside House and hoping to attract the V&A, they come up with a plan to erect these wind turbines which will be a blot on the landscape forever," Mrs McLean said. The turbines, both of which are said to be around the same size as the two already at Michelin, are set to be sited a few hundred yards apart, one immediately in front of the roundabout at the foot of Strips of Craigie Road and the other behind the RGIT Survival unit, immediately west of Caledon East Wharf. The company behind the project, Forth Energy -- a joint venture between Forth Ports and Scottish & Southern Energy -- has claimed Dundee could become a "powerhouse" of renewable energy if the turbines are given the go-ahead. But Mrs Mclean says the giant structures are inappropriate for the city's waterfront. "They're the first thing you'll see when you come into the city from Broughty Ferry or over the water. "They're two and a half times the size of Tayside House which is being demolished because it is an ugly building. Mrs Mclean added,"I think it's ridiculous putting all this money into getting the V&A and even considering these things on the same waterfront. "I'm not against renewable energy -- far from it -- but surely they could use the water, tidal energy, instead of these things. This plan is not for the benefit of Dundee -- it's to benefit Forth Ports and cut their electricity bills. "The Tay is beautiful and these things are just monsters. Their visible impact is going to be the biggest thing and they're planning to put them right in front of our windows. "I pay a lot of money in council tax and I paid good money for my river views and this is going to take all that away. "The people of Dundee don't know anything about this and it's unbelievable. "I contacted Alex Dalton of Atmos Consulting in Edinburgh who just tried to patronise me with information on the benefits of renewable energy. "I asked him if he would like these things put up in Princes Street in Edinburgh and he said 'yes,' I couldn't believe it. The whole thing is unbelievable." Bob Adam, of Lavender Street, said one of the planned turbines will be situated directly in front of his living-room window and if it goes ahead it would be "a monstrosity." He said, "This is just another little nail in the coffin. If they get away with this they will ruin Dundee. It's already been voted the worst place in Scotland to visit. "As a Dundee man born and bred I'm distraught at what Dundee City Council is turning Dundee into. "This will not be to make the area environmentally friendly -- it's to economically benefit Forth Ports. "The existing turbines at Michelin are at least surrounded by industrial areas not houses. "The mouth of the Tay could be absolutely beautiful but Forth Ports are almost a law unto themselves." Mr Adam is preparing to fight the proposition and plans to attend one of the public exhibitions which will take place on March 29 and 30 at Craigiebank Church Hall to make an informed complaint. "I imagine there will be a lot of bad feeling about this," he said. "They will ruin a lovely view over the Tay. "The planning department are useless. You go to places like Newcastle and the things they are putting around their waterfront are nice. But in Dundee they had one chance to do the waterfront well and they messed it up." The plan for the 127-metre high structures at Stannergate has generated fury among locals who say the turbines will not only ruin their outlooks but will give a bad impression for those travelling into Dundee from Broughty Ferry and over the Tay road bridge. Laura McLean of Primrose Bank, which overlooks one of the planned sites just off Broughty Ferry Road, described the turbines as "monsters" and said the idea to site them at the forefront of the city while efforts were being made to improve the waterfront was "ridiculous." "At a time when we are about to demolish Tayside House and hoping to attract the V&A, they come up with a plan to erect these wind turbines which will be a blot on the landscape forever," Mrs McLean said. The turbines, both of which are said to be around the same size as the two already at Michelin, are set to be sited a few hundred yards apart, one immediately in front of the roundabout at the foot of Strips of Craigie Road and the other behind the RGIT Survival unit, immediately west of Caledon East Wharf. The company behind the project, Forth Energy -- a joint venture between Forth Ports and Scottish & Southern Energy -- has claimed Dundee could become a "powerhouse" of renewable energy if the turbines are given the go-ahead. But Mrs Mclean says the giant structures are inappropriate for the city's waterfront. "They're the first thing you'll see when you come into the city from Broughty Ferry or over the water. "They're two and a half times the size of Tayside House which is being demolished because it is an ugly building. Mrs Mclean added,"I think it's ridiculous putting all this money into getting the V&A and even considering these things on the same waterfront. "I'm not against renewable energy -- far from it -- but surely they could use the water, tidal energy, instead of these things. This plan is not for the benefit of Dundee -- it's to benefit Forth Ports and cut their electricity bills. "The Tay is beautiful and these things are just monsters. Their visible impact is going to be the biggest thing and they're planning to put them right in front of our windows. "I pay a lot of money in council tax and I paid good money for my river views and this is going to take all that away. "The people of Dundee don't know anything about this and it's unbelievable. "I contacted Alex Dalton of Atmos Consulting in Edinburgh who just tried to patronise me with information on the benefits of renewable energy. "I asked him if he would like these things put up in Princes Street in Edinburgh and he said 'yes,' I couldn't believe it. The whole thing is unbelievable." Bob Adam, of Lavender Street, said one of the planned turbines will be situated directly in front of his living-room window and if it goes ahead it would be "a monstrosity." He said, "This is just another little nail in the coffin. If they get away with this they will ruin Dundee. It's already been voted the worst place in Scotland to visit. "As a Dundee man born and bred I'm distraught at what Dundee City Council is turning Dundee into. "This will not be to make the area environmentally friendly -- it's to economically benefit Forth Ports. "The existing turbines at Michelin are at least surrounded by industrial areas not houses. "The mouth of the Tay could be absolutely beautiful but Forth Ports are almost a law unto themselves." Mr Adam is preparing to fight the proposition and plans to attend one of the public exhibitions which will take place on March 29 and 30 at Craigiebank Church Hall to make an informed complaint. "I imagine there will be a lot of bad feeling about this," he said. "They will ruin a lovely view over the Tay. "The planning department are useless. You go to places like Newcastle and the things they are putting around their waterfront are nice. But in Dundee they had one chance to do the waterfront well and they messed it up."

Perth & Kinross

Culinary dimension added to Perth Show

July 28 2016

For more than 150 years Perth Show has been a popular, once a year meeting point for the people of the city and the farming community. The show - now the third largest of its type in Scotland – remains as always a showcase for champion livestock but this year holds a much wider appeal for visitors. To be held on Friday and Saturday August 5 and 6 on the South Inch, throughout the two days, trade stands, sideshows, entertainment, activities, music and parades all add to the vibrancy of the show along with a new culinary direction. “For the first time, Perth Show is set to feature a cookery theatre and food and drink marquee,” said show secretary Neil Forbes. “This will bring a new and popular dimension to the visitor attraction. “Perth Show 2016 is also delighted to welcome Perthshire On A Plate (POAP) - a major food festival, celebrating the very best in local produce and culinary talent. “Organised by Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, the two-day festival will run as part of the show and feature celebrity and local chefs, demonstrations and tastings, book signings, food and drink related trade stands, fun-filled activities for ‘kitchen kids’ and a large dining area and pop-up restaurants in a double celebration of food and farming.” Heading the celebrity chef line-up are television favourite Rosemary Shrager (Friday) and spice king Tony Singh (Saturday), backed by a host of talented local chefs including Graeme Pallister (63 Tay Street) and Grant MacNicol (Fonab Castle). The cookery theatre, supported by Quality Meat Scotland, will also stage a fun cookery challenge between students from Perth College and the ladies of the SWI. A range of pop-up restaurants featuring taster dishes from some of the area’s best known eating places will allow visitors to sample local produce as they relax in the show’s new POAP dining area. “We’re trying to create a wide and varied programme of entertainment,” said Mr Forbes. “Late afternoon on Friday will see the It’s A Knockout  challenge with teams from businesses throughout Perth and Perthshire competing against each other. “And the first day’s programme will end with a beer, wine and spirit festival where teams can celebrate their achievements and visitors can sample a wide range of locally produced drinks.” This year will also see the reintroduction of showjumping at Perth Show on the Saturday afternoon.

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