Hibs fans launch bid to get Sunshine on Leith in charts

By Rory Reynolds

HIBS-mad fans have launched a campaign to get one of The Proclaimers best-loved hits back in the charts for a special gig to celebrate the anniversary of the club’s rescue.

The Leith duo led the charge during the Hands of Hibs campaign 20 years ago after the club was threatened with a takeover bid from Hearts boss Wallace Mercer.

Now ahead of The Proclaimers’ gig next month at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, fans have pledged to get Sunshine on Leith back in the charts as a big thankyou to the band.

Lifelong Hibs fan Callum Laidlaw – whose dad took him along to the original gig in 1990 – came up with the idea after Rangers fans catapulted Simply the Best into the charts last week.

The 28-year-old’s dad took him along to the band’s special gig at Easter Road 20 years ago, and he’s now keen to get the side’s anthem in the top 40. Continue reading

Edinburgh Airport flights grounded by ash cloud overhead

Staff at Edinburgh Airport faced a race against the clock to get as many flights as possible airborne today before being forced to close the gates because of  volcanic ash drifting in from Iceland. Reporter CARA SULIEMAN and photographer KATIELEE ARROWSMITH were at the airport to speak to some of those affected.


A STRANDED Scots family thought someone must be taking the ‘Mickey’ after they were turned away from not one but two airports as they tried to reach Paris.

Matt Cooke, 37, and wife Catherine, 40, were supposed to fly from Glasgow Airport on a trip to EuroDisney with daughter Rachel, five.

After learning that their initial Easyjet flight was cancelled because of volcanic ash overhead, they instead travelled to Edinburgh Airport to catch an alternative.

But having checked their bags on it wasn’t until they got to security that they found the 1.10pm flight to Paris had also just been cancelled by the freak conditions brought on by Iceland’s volcano.

Engineering manager Matt, from Glasgow, said: “We’re trying to get to EuroDisney.

“We were supposed to be going from Glasgow but that was cancelled so we came through here.

“We thought we’d managed to get a flight but they just announced over the tannoy that it wasn’t going.

“We were literally about to go through security when we heard.

“We’ve collected our bags and just have to wait and see now.” Continue reading

Election countdown is on as Salmond rallies troops

By Michael MacLeod

ALEX Salmond got up on a soapbox to rally his SNP troops ahead of a frantic last few hours of canvassing today.

He made a tub-thumping speech to activists at the party HQ in Edinburgh while standing on a tiny stage.

The First Minister said Labour were “finished” as a government, urging his party staff to hit as many doors as possible in the final few hours before polls open.

He said: “Only the SNP can protect this country from the London parties, none of whom put Scotland first.

“Labour are finished, while the Tories are arrogantly saying they can rule with no Scots MPs and the Lib Dems are ready to do a deal with David Cameron.”
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