Susan Boyle fans flock to Edinburgh Playhouse to catch glimpse of star


SCORES of Britain’s Got Talent fans waited for hours to welcome the stars of the show to Edinburgh.

The stars of the hit TV show performed at Edinburgh’s Playhouse Theatre last night to a sold-out audience.

Most fans were there to see Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle, but every one of the talent show’s performers was given a rousing reception from the waiting crowd.

Flawless, Julian Smith, DJ Talent and last year’s winner George Sampson all arrived on a luxury coach while star of the show Susan Boyle was whisked into the theatre by a side door.

Lisa Murray, 20, from Dumbarton, said: “I arrived here at 4 o’clock today and can’t wait for the show to start. I really want to see Susan Boyle because I think she is amazing. I’m also dying to see Stephen Mulherne, one of the show’s presenters. Continue reading

Kilt copyright could save tourists from tartan tat

Cheap KiltsBy Michael MacLeod

A CLAN chief is calling for a “tartan trademark” to stop cut price cloth being fobbed off as authentically Scottish.

Lord Jamie Sempill, director of the world’s biggest clan gathering, fears tourists are being conned into buying fake Scots goods made in China or India.

He says a kilt copyright would force the fakes to make it clear that their goods aren’t made in Scotland.

But his plans to change to European law to protect the iconic tartan goods would still be “open to abuse” according to the Scottish Tartans Authority.
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Partner’s tribute to Mark

By Paul Thornton

RELATIVES of a father allegedly beaten to death in a street have paid an emotional tribute to the “loving family man”.Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston, 31, died in an incident during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police say he was rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary following an alleged assault at around 3.45am.

Despite efforts to save him, Mark passed away at around 5pm on Monday night.

Yesterday, his partner Pauline described the loss as “devastating” in a joint statement with Mark’s family.

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Politicians hit by expenses con

By Paul Thornton

A SERIAL con-artist ripped-off the Scottish Conservative Party by over £130,000 after being put in charge of paying EXPENSES.01janetperrie

Janet Perrie, 53, embezzled the money while she was working at the political group’s Edinburgh headquarters.

The fraudster – who has two previous convictions for embezzlement – had been given the job of paying out expenses from the party’s cheque book.

But she fiddled stubs and forged signatures of signatories after making out payments to herself over a period of almost two years.

Perrie was not caught until a month after she finished working with the group and it was noticed that cheques did not match up to their stubs.

An audit was arranged and Perrie admitted everything when police interviewed her.

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Garage boss burned down centre he ran

06 Budget Tyre Fire

By Paul Thornton

A GARAGE manager burned down the tyre repair centre he ran because he was worried bosses were about to sack him.01Colin McReadie

Colin McReadie, 22, had only been in charge of the Budget garage for two weeks when his managers called him in for talks about his future.

Instead he snuck into the Edinburgh business the night before the meeting and set the workshop ablaze, causing over £700k worth of damage.

Dozens of firefighters fought the inferno at Budget Exhausts and Tyres in Piershill as highly flammable gas cylinders threatened to ignite and the garage was closed for weeks.

And at Edinburgh Sheriff Court McReadie admitted wilful fire-raising on September 29 last year.

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Missing pensioner’s anguished family fear the worst

02 Mary Ferns collectBy Michael MacLeod

HEARTBROKEN relatives of a Scots pensioner who has been missing for a year admit they now fear she is dead.

Frail 89-year-old Mary Ferns vanished exactly a year ago today (Wednesday) and has never been seen since.

Baffled cops admit they have “run out of ideas” in the search, which included a BBC television appeal.

Mary’s anxious family, who know her as “May,” say they have been on “an emotional rollercoaster” over the past 12 months.

Aside from one CCTV sighting two hours after she last left her Livingston home, a handful of calls to police from the public proved fruitless.

Not one of over 120 possible sightings reported to police has been backed up or proven.
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Fears for missing angler after body found on beach

Dunbar lifeboatBy Michael MacLeod

A BODY washed up on a Scots beach is feared to be that of a 60-year-old angler who went missing six weeks ago.

The gruesome find was made by a man walking his dog on Belhaven beach, Dunbar, yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon around 4pm.

The human remains were recovered by the local Lifeboat crew, before police moved in to begin their investigation.

An RAF Boulmer helicopter and two Forth Coastguard lifeboats launched an extensive search for a missing Edinburgh-based angler on May 13 after he failed to return home.

They received a 999 call from a member of the public reporting that a pile of clothes, mobile phone, bag and shoes had been found on rocks at Dunbar Harbour, along with a floating fishing rod.
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