Alesha Dixon new face of Advocates for Animals campaign

by Rory Reynolds

STRICTLY Come Dancing judge Alesha Dixon is backing a major new Scottish campaign to promote the well-being of pets and animals.

Former Mis-Teeq star and Strictly winner Alesha will be featured on billboards and adverts around the country, with her face pictured next to a cat’s.

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She is joined by ITV chat show host Paul O’Grady and comedian Johnny Vegas for the ad campaign by Edinburgh based charity Advocates for Animals to promote the idea that animals have similar feelings to humans.

“I love all animals”

The 31-year-old beauty: “I am delighted to support Advocates for Animals’ new OneKind campaign – I love all animals.

“Anyone who, like me has dogs or other pets, knows without question that animals have thoughts and feelings.”

The ad campaign, which will appears in newspapers over October and November, is to promote the well-being of wild animals and pets. Continue reading

Abseiling colleagues of fallen Ewan Williamson raise money for memorial fund

By Oliver Farrimond

GRIEVING colleagues of fallen firefighter Ewan Williamson took part in a marathon of climbing and abseiling in Edinburgh yesterday.

Firefighters from Tollcross Station, where Ewan was based, were scaling the combined equivalent of Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike on the face of Edinburgh’s Sheraton Hotel Spa.

The three peaks feat, which totals more than 3km of climbing, was to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity and the Ewan Williamson Memorial Fund.

Members of Ewan’s watch at Tollcross Fire Station were on duty during the event but some black-clad colleagues also arrived to pay their respects to Ewan, who died on 12 July this year while fighting a pub blaze in the Dalry area of the Capital.

Tim Foley, commander of Ewan’s watch team, came to see his colleagues exhibiting their rope rescue skills. Continue reading

Salad hides a creepy surprise

Helen Dixon was "disgusted" when she found Colin in her salad

By Cara Sulieman

A HUNGRY Scot got a crunchy surprise in a bag of salad she bought from her local shop – when she found a creepy crawly on her plate.

Helen Dixon, 27, found a live cockroach after she tipped out the Italian-style salad from budget supermarket chain Lidl.

Having already munched on the first half of the bag of lettuce the night before, she felt sick when she made the gruesome discovery.

But she has kept the bug as proof of what happened, putting him in a glass jar and naming him Colin.

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Tram works could jeopardise capital’s Christmas celebrations


Santa launches Edinburgh's Christmas


By Cara Sulieman

EDINBURGH faces a nightmare before Christmas – the threat of overrunning tram works ruining its planned festive party.

Council chiefs have unveiled a glitzy four day extravaganza for the city centre next month to feature giant snow globes, elves and musical fountains to boost trade hit by disruption.

But even before the fake snow settled at yesterday’s launch, sources revealed that time will be so tight, any last minute hitches with the tram works could pose huge problems.

With some small work continuing into the first day of Edinburgh Sparkles, it will be a tight squeeze for the contractors who have to be clear from the site before the party can begin.

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Newspaper Round-up Wednesday 28th October