Paintings of tragic artist to be auctioned at special sale

By Rory Reynolds

THE signature works of a Scots artist who tragically died in a car crash are to be auctioned at a special sale to honour his life.

Alastair Flattely and his wife of more than 50 years, Sheila, were killed last May near Dorchester. He was 86.

Tomorrow more than 200 of Flattely’s paintings, many of them landscapes of Spain, and of his home in Gloucestershire, will go under the hammer at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh.

The lots are expected to fetch to up to £1500 each, with many of his works already held at the Royal Scottish Academy, public galleries across the UK and by the Duke of Edinburgh himself.

Nick Curnow, managing director and paintings specialist at Lyon & Turnbull, said: “Flattely is a well loved artist, particularly in Scotland. Continue reading

Greggs turns posh to head off rivals

By Rory Reynolds

THEY are famous for their huge lunchtime cues, cheap and cheerful service and cut-price sausage rolls.

But now new Greggs bakeries across the UK are to be fitted with polished wood fittings, soft lighting and gourmet coffee.

The revamped look is part of a marketing blitz to take the discount chain upmarket as brands like the Czech carmaker Skoda have done in recent years.

And the group has even ditched Paddy McGuinness, the Bolton comedian, from its new advert, in favour of the Gracie Fields’ classic ‘If I Knew You Were Coming I’d have Baked a Cake’ in an attempt to portray the brand as a classic British bakers.

They also hope to boost the fortunes of the chain – which opened its first store in Tyneside 70 years ago – in the south of England. Continue reading

Whisky fans crash website for special edition tipple

By Rory Reynolds

THE website of one of Scotland’s top distilleries crashed after it was bombarded by a horde of whisky fans.

Staff at the Ardbeg distillery on Islay had to man the phones after 25,000 of its club members crashed the online shop in an attempt to buy a bottle of its latest release – Rollercoaster.

The customers belonged to the Ardbeg ‘committee’, club members who have supported the distillery since it was revived in the 1990s.

Hamish Torrie, brand director at Ardbeg, said: “We were quite overwhelmed. The committee has some 50,000 members and about 25,000 of them were trying to get onto the website all at once.

“We were expecting quite a few but it was a bit of a tsunami – we only have 15,000 bottles. Continue reading

Occupational therapist faces being struck off over sexual relationship

By Cara Sulieman

AN occupational therapist faces being struck off after having a sexual relationship with a “vulnerable and complex” ex-patient.

Lynn Cameron was working at the South West Bridging Service in Glasgow when she admitted the relationship to her supervisor in 2007.

Although she wasn’t treating Patient A at the time, he had been in her care at her previous position at Rossdale Resource Centre.

Mairi Macpherson, Cameron’s supervisor at the time, told a Conduct and Competence Committee of the Health Professions Council in Edinburgh today (Tuesday) that Cameron had called her to admit the relationship.

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Fresh appeal by police for missing man

By Andrea McCallum

POLICE have launched a fresh appeal for information on the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of a well-known busker.

Matthew Dyet has not been traced since he was last seen in his home town of Eyemouth on February 17 last year.

The 58-year-old was captured on CCTV leaving Costcutters on High Street with his cross-collie dog at 5pm that day.

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Lucky black cat finds rescue centre

By Andrea McCallum

A LUCKY black cat managed to find an animal rescue centre with its head wedged in a can of food.

The disorientated moggy was discovered by Scottish SPCA staff in Middlebank, Fife, on Sunday morning.

And the hungry female feline – who had tried its luck with an empty can of cat food – was freed from the restricting blindfold.

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