Stain glass tribute to Queensferry’s much loved minister

By Shaun Milne

A CHURCH congregation which raised more than £16,000 in a heartfelt tribute to remember its former Minister unveiled a memorial window to him at a special service on Sunday.

John Carrie, 64, who was minister of Queensferry Parish Church for 37 years, passed away suddenly in March 2008 just months before he was due to retire.

Following Mr Carrie’s death, a memorial appeal fund was set up by the congregation which raised over £16,000 towards a stain glass window to be specially commissioned in his memory.


It was designed by artist Roland Mitton and based on Psalm 23, “The Lord’s My Shepherd” and unveiled by his widow Anne in front of a packed congregation.

The fund raising efforts not only paid for the window, but also funded the training of a school teacher in Chogoria, Kenya – reflecting Mr Carrie’s interest in the needs of the Third World.

It is anticipated a further two teachers will be trained with the remaining balance.

Queensferry associate minister Reverend Sean Swindells said: “I worked with Reverend John Carrie for five months before his sudden death. Continue reading

Teen hairdresser claims glass face-smash was accidental

By Cara Sulieman

A HAIRDRESSER who smashed another girl in the face with a glass on a nightclub dancefloor claimed she only meant to pour a drink over her head.

Ashleigh Drysdale, 17, was in Stereo nightclub in Edinburgh when Lisa Golder bumped in to one her friends.

The pair started arguing and Drysdale went to throw her drink over 20-year-old Ms Golder.

Instead she let go of the glass and it smashed in the victim’s face, leaving her needing eight stitches and a permanently scarred.

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Drysdale pled guilty to assaulting Ms Golder to her injury and permanent disfigurement on January 31 this year.
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Architect grilled over balcony gap after Ben’s tragic fall

DIGNIFIED: Ben's parents Ross and Louise leave court

By Michael MacLeod

THE grieving family of a toddler who tragically fell to his death through a gap in a balcony at his mother’s office have been told there was “no reason” for the gap to be there.

Little Ben McCreath was just 21-months old when he plunged 15-feet to his death from the first floor of Edinburgh’s Princes Exchange building, where his mother Louise worked as a part-time receptionist.

Today (Friday) she and husband Ross watched on tearfully during the second day of evidence at a Fatal Accident Inquiry into their son’s death.

They heard the building’s architect Mark McPhillips admitting he made changes to the original building plans, which ultimately proved fatal for Ben.
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Blood on the dancefloor as court worker is attacked

By Michael MacLeod

A SHERIFF Court staff night out turned sour when a jealous clubber smashed a glass over a woman’s head for kissing her boyfriend on the dancefloor.

Window-dresser Emma McCulloch, 20, saw red when her boyfriend kissed a woman twice her age.

She stormed across the dancefloor in Edinburgh’s trendy Shanghai nightclub and poured her drink over Lorraine Cairns’ head.

Before Miss Cairns had a chance to explain that she had only got a peck on the cheek, McCulloch walked away and threw the empty glass over her shoulder, shattering on the Sheriff Clerk office worker’s head.
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Drink-driving limit to be lowered

By Andrea McCallum

PLANS are underway to lower the Scottish drink-driving limit to make it less than south of the border.

Pub-goers would break the law driving after two pints under new rules which would see the 80mg per 100ml of blood limit dropped to 50mg.

The new rules would restrict drinking motorists to a pint of lager or large glass of wine.

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Baby narrowly missed being showered in glass

Andrew Girdwood and Fiona Wallace with baby Chloe

Andrew Girdwood and Fiona Wallace with baby Chloe

By Cara Sulieman

A BABY has had a miracle escape after sick yobs smashed a brick through a bedroom window – showering her moses basket with razor sharp shards of glass.

Tiny 11-week old Chloe Girdwood only cheated injury because she was ill and being comforted in the arms of her doting mum Fiona Wallace when the thugs struck.

Last night Fiona, 25, revealed it is the THIRD time in as many weeks that her Linlithgow home has been targeted – leaving her and partner Andrew Girdwood, 28, living in fear.

She said: “I don’t want to think about what could have happened to her.”

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Coca cola wages war on Irn Bru

CokeHomecomingBottleBy Cara Sulieman

COCA COLA has declared war on Irn Bru – with a special edition bottle celebrating the birth of Robbie Burns.

The soft drinks giant have produced special celebratory bottles for the occasion feature an image of the Bard.

And it’s being done with the full blessing of the Scottish Government.

Scotland is the ONLY place in the world where it is outsold by a native soft drink as Irn Bru has kept it at bay for decades.

Now, in a landmark decision, the group has decided to carry an iconic image of the Bard on the side of their glass products.

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