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

Police hunt Fife flasher

By Cara Sulieman

POLICE are hunting a flasher after he exposed himself to two women out walking their dog.

The sex pest struck just early this morning when he exposed himself in Dunfermline, Fife.

Two women – one aged 25 and the other 45 – were walking through the park between Harris Park and Queensferry Road at quarter past midnight when the man approached them.

After revealing himself to the walkers, he ran off towards the Pitcorthie area of the town.

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Hamish thanks his life-saving 999 heroes

By Cara Sulieman

A 12-YEAR-OLD lad who had a heart attack was today reunited with the quick-thinking ambulance worker who helped to save his life.

Hamish Mackinnon suffered a heart attack while on a school trip in April 2009 but survived after an emergency call handler diagnosed the problem and told adults how to treat him.

And after making a full recovery Hamish was delighted to finally meet Morag Bell, whose calm advice kept him alive until paramedics raced to his aid.

The pair were reunited as the Scottish Ambulance Service officially opened their new Emergency Medical Dispatch Centre in South Queensferry with health secretary Nicola Sturgeon.
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New video of Forth Road Bridge to celebrate birthday

By Oliver Farrimond

THE ICONIC Forth Road Bridge has released a stunning video clip to celebrate the 45th anniversary of its opening tomorrow.

The two-and-a-half minute YouTube film features archive footage of the bridge being built, and time-lapse photography showing the bridge rippling as traffic passes over it.

The bridge – revered by engineers the world over as a classic of design – is built to accommodate large volumes of traffic in all types of weather.

As traffic passes over it, it flexes and bends to cope with the heavy load.

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No court appearance for Kenny Richey

By Michael MacLeod

FORMER death row Scot Kenny Richey will be allowed to stay in America after Scottish prosecutors dropped charges against him claiming he stole a handbag from a pub.

The 45 year-old ex-marine had quit Scotland for the States to see his dying father Jim, but faced the prospect of having to jet home to Edinburgh to appear in court.

As well as a theft charge hanging over his head, he was also accused of acting aggressively towards police after being arrested in March.

But yesterday he was cleared of his last remaining criminal case in Scotland.
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Police hunt paintball-gun-toting thieves

Lady Boys @ BedlamBy Rory Reynolds

A PAINTBALL firm has been targeted by raiders for the second time in a week.

Bedlam’s site at Queensferry near Edinburgh was hit by sneak thieves overnight on Sunday in a break-in which saw paintball guns, gas grenades and ski masks stolen.

It came just a week after a similar raid at its site in Kirkintilloch near Glasgow.

Police have warned that the stolen items could easily be confused for real weapons. Continue reading

Woman fell down open manhole

By Cara Sulieman
A WOMAN has been badly injured after she slipped and fell ten feet down an open manhole.

The 58-year-old was walking along a busy city centre street on Saturday evening when she tumbled down the hole.

Emergency services rushed to the scene in Edinburgh’s west end before taking her to hospital for treatment.

She is understood to have suffered a dislocated hip and knee in the fall.

Scottish Water had been carrying out sewerage work along Queensferry Road and workers were trying to locate the site of a blockage when the incident occurred.

A spokesperson for the company said: “A contractor working on behalf of Scottish Water was conducting a CCTV camera survey of the waste water network in Queensferry Road when the incident occurred.

“We are currently conducting a full investigation in co-operation with our contractors to ascertain exactly what took place.”

The City of Edinburgh Council also sent an investigator to the scene to make sure that the area has been cordoned off at the time of the accident. They found that an area of cones had been put in place around the manhole and are not investigating further.

Passers by commented that it was a miracle that the women survived after falling so far, mainly due to the amount of water that was in the area at the time.

Although shop and restaurant workers from nearby businesses were aware that something was going on, they couldn’t see past the emergency services.

Jay Morris, 32, works in Watch, a shop across the road from where the accident happened.

She said: “I was on the bus home when we drove past the manhole. There were police cars blocking off Randolph Place and an ambulance and fire engine.

“I tried to see what was going on but all I could see was a giant puddle stretching out from the corner onto the road. I assumed that someone had fallen face-down into the puddle, but wondered why the fire brigade had been called.”

A member of staff from La P’tite Folie on Randolph Place also noticed the commotion as he walked past on his way to work.

Louis was surprised to see the emergency services blocking off the road.

He said: “They were all over the road. I had to edge past to work. I heard later that a woman had fallen into the manhole.”