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Hunt for robber who stole woman’s handbag in broad daylight in Glasgow

An investigation has been launched to find the thug responsible for taking a woman’s handbag in Glasgow.

The incident occurred on Friday at 2.55pm, near Glasgow Club Gym located on Gairbraid Avenue.

A man approached a 59-year old woman and demanded her handbag. He then forced her to take it out and walked along Gairbraid Avenue and up the Maryhill Road.

His description was that he was white, between 20 and 30 years old with an English accent, medium build, approximately 5ft 7in to 8in tall, and clean shaven.

He was wearing dark trousers, and other dark clothes underneath a hivis vest.

Constable Natalie Davner, Govan Police Station, stated that the incident was a frightening experience for the victim. Thankfully no one was hurt.

“I’m appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident or anyone who has information relating to this incident to make contact with the police.

“If you believe you can assist our enquiries, or have potential CCTV or dashcam footage from the area, please call police on 101, quoting incident 2515 of November 25.

“Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, if you wish to remain anonymous.”

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Appeal after man seriously injured in late night attack in Castlemilk

Police in Glasgow are asking for help after a man was severely injured in an attack late at night.

It occurred on a footpath that runs between Glenacre Drive in Castlemilk and Arnprior Road, at 11.15pm on Saturday, November 24.

The man, aged 30, sustained severe injuries to his arm & hand and needed treatment at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Glenn Clark, Detective Constable at Cathcart Police Station stated that: “Our investigations into this incident continue and I urge anyone who might have seen or heard any disturbances in the area to get back in touch.”

“You can call Police Scotland on 101, quoting reference 3631 of November 24, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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‘Section 30 after de facto referendum would honour democracy’

Nicola Sturgeon said this week that her party will continue to plan to run the next election on a single topic in a bid for majority support. This was after the Supreme Court ruled that the Scottish Parliament couldn’t legislate for a referendum.

The outcome of a victory for pro-independence is uncertain, due to the UK Government’s historical aversion towards giving ground on this issue.

Some hope that it will be the catalyst to negotiations on Scotland’s secession from the union. However, one senior SNP member said it could lead to a new independence referendum being granted after the election.

Toni Giugliano of the SNP, who is the policy development coordinator, said to the Scotsman that it wasn’t the only way, as the (First Minister), stated. It’s not only the democratic route.

But I think if we come out of that election and negotiations with a section 30 order, then I think that that would honour democracy in Scotland and it would put the UK in a much better light on the international stage.”

He added: “If the UK Government wants to come to the table and start negotiations on independence on the back of a (de facto referendum), then I’d be delighted.

“But I’m also a realist and I think that any advance on bringing the UK Government to a table is a win for Scotland.”

Mr Giugliano went on to say that the single issue election plan was a “tactic” to advance the cause of independence.

“There are some who see the de facto referendum as ‘oh well, that will mean that we achieve independence there and then’,” he said.

“The de facto referendum in many ways is a tactic for us to be able to pursue independence, to keep it on the agenda, and to, at the very best, begin negotiations with the UK Government.”

The former Holyrood candidate told the newspaper the SNP existed to win independence, saying: “Of course it’s risky. It should be risky. We’ve been in government for 15 years.

“The reason why we’re here is not to perpetually be in government – the reason why we’re here is to deliver independence for Scotland.”

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Scottish traditional music to listen to on a musical journey through Scotland


Celebrate St Andrew’s Day with some uplifting Scottish music! Traditional music and Gaelic songs have been at the heart of Scottish culture for centuries and it has never been more important to come together and support the talented Scottish musicians that are part of the unique and vibrant traditional folk music scene.

So put on your dancing shoes and get ready for some foot-stomping tunes as you travel through Scotland (virtually) to the sounds of the most exciting contemporary folk musicians and singers.

1. Josie Duncan (Outer Hebrides)

Close your eyes and make your great ‘Hebridean’ escape. Imagine relaxing by crystal-clear waters on remote golden sandy beaches of the Outer Hebrides with the stunning songs of Josie Duncan, a young folk singer from the Isle of Lewis. Having been immersed in Glasgow’s traditional music scene, her beautiful delicate voice is equally at home in Gaelic, Scots or English.

Her award-winning album The Morning Tempest with guitarist Pablo Lafuente combines old ballads with Gaelic puirt a beul and original compositions.


Want to discover the music of Scotland’s Gaelic Islands? You will get goosebumps listening to the outstanding vocals and pure tone of award-winning Gaelic singers Mischa Macpherson from Lewis,  Julie Fowlis from North Uist, or Kathleen MacInnes from South Uist, all equally unique and stunning. For something a bit different, tap your feet to the cheerful pipe and fiddle sounds of Uist newcomers Beinn Lee or Stornoway sensation Peat & Diesel.

2. Ewen Henderson (Lochaber, Highlands)

Take a musical journey to the Outdoor Capital of the UK through the music of Ewen Henderson, nicknamed ‘the Musical Prince of Lochaber’. Ewen has been steeped in the traditional music and Gaelic culture of Lochaber from an early age and has a keen interest in the unique history and the Gaelic language and culture of his native area.

His brilliant debut solo album, Steall, features his multifaceted musical talents, from fiddle and Highland pipes to songs inspired by the beautiful landscapes of the West Highlands. Ewen is also a great follower of the traditional Highland sport of shinty, and even won the recent shinty composition competition with a wonderful pipe march Clos nan Caman which he wrote during lockdown to celebrate shinty’s proud history.


Discover the Scottish west coast’s rich music tradition! Tap your feet to the cheerful Highland tunes of Iain MacFarlane & Ingrid Henderson (also members of the Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band), energetic duo Eilidh Shaw & Ross Martin from Arisaig, Highland quintet Fras from Ardnamurchan, or Gaelic Supergroup Dàimh. Don’t miss Ewen’s talented sister Megan Henderson‘s solo debut ‘Pilgrim Souls‘.

3. Fara (Orkney)

Find your space and refresh your senses in Orkney through the music of Fara. Blending rich harmonies, energetic fiddle playing and driving piano, the Orcadian quartet creates a fiery sound strongly rooted in their island upbringing.

Over the last five years, Fara have toured around the world. This year, they bring you The Orkney series, travelling around the islands and performing Orcadian tunes in the places that inspired their names. Explore The Gloup & Mull Head Nature Reserve listening to The Moul Head by Orcadian composer Davie Eunson, or take a virtual tour of the iconic St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, listening to The Rose of St Magnus, a beautiful air by Ivan Drever. Don’t miss Fara’s debut album Cross the Line and excellent follow up Times From Times Fall.


Hooked on Orkney? Then you will be amazed by the Orkney folk music scene, with award-winning songwriter and guitar player Kris Drever, the foot stomping musicians of The Chair, the high-spirited quartet Gnoss, or the sensational twin sisters duo The Wrigley Sisters. In May 2023, don’t miss the Orkney Folk Festival.

4. Project Smock (Glasgow)

Did you know that Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music? The city truly lives and breathes music. Upcoming neo-trad trio Project Smok brings together award-winning musicians Ali Levack (pipes & whistles), Pablo Lafuente (guitar) and Ewan Baird (bodhrán). They formed in 2017 rising from Glasgow’s vibrant live music scene and have been pushing the boundaries between the contemporary and the traditional to create something truly innovative.

After their superb debut Horizon’s, their follow up album Bayview brings infectious rhythms, instrumental virtuosity and explosive sounds.


Check out the fresh and imaginative music of  Kinnaris Quintet, the fiery tunes of Talisk, the cheerful polkas of Ímar or the powerful vocals of Siobhan Miller. Don’t miss Celtic Connections, the UK’s premier celebration of Celtic music in January and early February.

5. Jenny Sturgeon (Cairngorms National Park)

Connect with the nature of the Cairngorms National Park through the music of Jenny Sturgeon. This talented singer-songwriter takes her inspiration in the wonders of the natural world. Her solo album The Living Mountain was inspired by Nan Shepherd’s 1940s mountain memoir of the same name and Jenny’s experience walking in the Cairngorms National Park. The book was described as “the finest book ever written on nature”.

Through soothing melodies and stunning lyrics, Jenny explores her own personal connection with nature as well as Nan’s philosophy of simply “being” in the wild. The record also features the Cairngorms natural sounds, from singing birds and roaring stags to wind and drifting snow.

Check out her Living Mountain Conversations podcast with artists, writers and ecologists she encountered making the album and support The Living Mountain grove with Scottish conservation charity Trees for Life.


Check out the superb flute compositions of Hamish Napier from Grantown on Spey, the unique vocals of acclaimed singer Rachel Sermanni from Carrbridge or the genius fiddle strathpeys from Charlie Mckerron of Capercaillie fame.

6. Brìghde Chaimbeul (Isle of Skye)

Get transported to the atmospheric Isle of Skye, listening to Brìghde Chaimbeul (a Scottish Gaelic name pronounced Bree-chu Campbell).

At only 20 years old, the native Gaelic speaker from Skye is a virtuoso of the Scottish smallpipes. She already has 13 years of piping behind her and won multiple awards. Her debut album The Reeling will take you to Skye, mixing the peculiar, beautiful sound of the small pipes with a contemporary feel. Check out her bandcamp channel and social media for new releases, merchandise, workshops and virtual gigs.


Listen to legendary Scottish trailblazers Peatbog Faeries, electronic/trad fusion band Niteworks or renowned Gaelic singer Arthur Cormack. Every November, you’re in for a treat at the SEALL Festival of Small Halls, bringing big music to small halls around the Isles of Skye and Raasay!

7. Ross Couper (Shetland)

Nowhere else in Scotland is the folk music scene as unique as in Shetland. The Shetland fiddling style is bouncy and lively and as close in spirit to Scandinavia as to Scotland.

Shetland fiddle player Ross Couper has been dazzling audiences around the world with his infectious folk melodies, explosive fiddle grooves and fiery driving rhythms. His energetic playing is at the heart of the greatest folk bands, including the mighty Peatbog Faeries and award-winning duo Ross & Tom.

Keep an eye on Ross’ social channels for virtual gigs, trad sessions, fiddle tuition, a Shetland tunes book and more. Don’t miss his debut album And Den Dey Made Tae with his brother Ryan on guitar.


Check out brilliant fiddler Kevin Henderson (also a founding member of award winning Shetland supergroup Fiddlers’ Bid), the excellent Haltadans, the lovely quartet Herkja, talented singer Arthur Nicholson, or the young musicians of Fjanna. And get ready for the Shetland Folk Festival in May 2023, often regarded as the granddaddy of folk festivals.

8. Iona Fyfe (Aberdeenshire)

Take a journey across Aberdeenshire and discover the North East of Scotland’s unique traditional folk songs and old Scots language. Folk singer Iona Fyfe is one of Scotland’s finest young artists keeping these traditions alive with her passion for Doric language, songs and stories. The 22-year-old grew up in Huntly taking part in the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland movement and going to folk clubs and festivals around the North East of Scotland.

Her debut album Away From My Window showcases her unique style, blending beautiful folk songs and traditional bothy ballads with modern lyrics and innovative arrangements. Bothy ballads are traditional songs that were sung in bothies in the evenings by farm labourers in the North East of Scotland.

You can find Iona on Patreon creating videos, songs and teaching folksongs. Don’t miss her stunning Scots language version of the classic carol, In the Bleak Midwinter.


Listen to the music of the North East of Scotland, with the Scots songs of superband Malinky, the bothy ballads of Scots singer Shona Donaldson or the brilliant strathpeys of award-winning fiddler Paul Anderson. Explore Aberdeenshire’s unique cultural heritage on the Stories of Aberdeenshire map and check out this Beginners guide to Doric.

9. Duncan Chisholm (Inverness)

Duncan Chisholm is one of Scotland’s most accomplished and expressive fiddle players and composers. Born and raised near Inverness, he creates gorgeous and atmospheric soundscapes inspired by the natural beauty of his native Highlands.

The Strathglass TrilogyAffric, Canaich and Farrar was named after three beautiful glens in Strathglass. It’s an emotional tribute to the ancestral lands of the Chisholm clan, north-west of Loch Ness. His uplifting, beautiful  instrumental music will take you on a journey through ancient Caledonian pine forests, mysterious lochs, and dramatic mountains. His follow up album Sandwood Bay was inspired by the wild and remote Sandwood Bay in the north west Highlands, often described as the finest beach in Scotland.


Listen to the fine fiddle strathpeys of Bruce MacGregor (founding member of Blazin’ Fiddles) and expressive airs of Lauren MacColl from Fortrose, the original compositions of Mike Vass from Nairn, the inventive tunes of Adam Sutherland from Loch Ness or the explosive sounds of Elephant Sessions from Inverness. Or get dancing with sophabulous step dancer Sophie Stephenson from Fort Augustus.

10. Skerryvore (Isle of Tiree, Argyll)

Go wild about Argyll and immerse yourself in Tiree on a musical journey far out in the Atlantic Ocean. This stunning island offers miles of white sands, great surfing and fantastic music. Named after a lighthouse sitting on a skerry near Tiree, Skerryvore is a Celtic rock band steeped in the west coast tradition. They create a fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana for the 21st Century.

The band are great ambassadors to their Argyll homeland and even provided the soundtrack for the Wild About Argyll video. Their funky rhythms, blazing bagpipes, accordions and fiddle are guaranteed to make you happy.

During lockdown, they wrote the poignant charity single Everyday Heroes which went to No 1 in the iTunes charts, with all proceeds in aid of NHS staff and volunteers. Don’t miss their new album Live across Scotland.


Check out the vibrant Argyll & the Isles folk scene including folk dance band Trail West (also from Tiree), cheerful quartet Tide Lines, the energetic contemporary band Skipinnish from Oban, or the hugely talented fiddle player Charlie Grey on the isle of Lismore.

11. Sian (Hebrides)

Sian’s enchanting atmospheric Gaelic vocals will transport you to the heart of the Hebrides, from the Isle of Skye to the Outer Hebrides.

The three talented singers Eilidh Cormack, Ceitlin Lilidh and Ellen MacDonald create a unique atmospheric sound. Their stunning vocal harmonies bring the work of long-forgotten female Gaelic bards back to life.  Sian means “storm” or “the elements” and the music on their beautiful self-titled debut album certainly showcases the strength and beauty of Gaelic songs.

12. Ryan Young (Dunbartonshire)

Originally from Cardross in Dunbartonshire, virtuoso fiddle player Ryan Young is part of the ‘New Wave’ of traditional Scottish fiddlers, bringing deep emotions, inventive melodies and uplifting rhythms to old forgotten tunes in his own unique way.

Voted Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2017, he was twice finalist in both the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards and the BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. His distinctive style and rich expressive playing will take you on an emotional journey and his self-titled debut album, which entered into the Grammys, will lift your spirits.

Support Scottish music

Please support Scottish music and help musicians, DJs, promoters, sound engineers, music venues and festival organisers in these challenging times.

You can purchase music from artists direct on their official websites or check out their social media channels, Bandcamp accounts or Patreon pages. Buy CDs, tune books and merchandise, take part in exclusive workshops, or even commission a tune just for you or your loved ones!

Fancy learning an instrument or singing in Gaelic? Imagine getting private lessons from the greatest musicians in Scotland! Many teach and are keen to share their passion via 1-2-1 lessons on Zoom or Skype. Or you can join Feis Rois for weekly folk music classes, virtual masterclasses and Gaelic courses and conversation.

Find out more about Bagpipes, traditional music and ceilidhs

Watch our Scottish Gaelic Explained video and learn about Gaelic language and history.

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Scotland’s UNESCO Trail in Pictures


We all know that Scotland is one of the most beautiful and fascinating countries on the planet. If you need convincing, just look at these stunning images Instagram users have uploaded below, revealing the diversity and richness of Scotland’s nature, culture and history.

Asides from being remarkable places, all 13 of the sites below have one very important thing in common. Can you guess what it is? Here’s a hint: all have captured the attention of the world’s most prestigious cultural, scientific and educational organisation in the world. That’s right, UNESCO.

To date, UNESCO has deemed a total of 13 locations in Scotland – officially recognised as designations – worthy of protected UNESCO status. Impressive stuff.

What’s more, Scotland is now the first country in the world to boast it’s own UNESCO Trail which brings together all 13 of its wonderous sites in an accessible digital format.

In short, it’s never been easier for visitors navigate between the natural, cultural and technological marvels, scattered the length and breadth of the Scottish mainland and islands, which make the country such a special place to explore.

Discover where Scotland’s UNESCO Trail can take you.

The Museum of Edinburgh

Step inside this vivid yellow 16th-century house in the Canongate of the capital’s Royal Mile and delve into the weird and wonderful history of Edinburgh. Fascinating objects on display include the collar and bowl that once belonged to famous terrier Greyfriars Bobby. The Renaissance building of the museum is as much a draw as any of the artefacts. It’s just one of the amazingly well-preserved architectural features which make up the historic heart of Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town. A jumble of narrow closes and wynds,  stacked tenements and sharp spires, the Old Town  stands in stark contrast to its spacious and symmetrical sister, the 18th century New Town. Together they form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Explore the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh.

Standing Stones of Stenness

These mysterious monuments have stood on Orkney for at least 5000 years. Just why they were erected remains unknown but it may be they served a religious or astronomical purpose. What is for certain is that they are possibly the oldest of their kind on the British Isles. The stones are just one of four sites which form the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They date from a time when one of Scotland’s earliest civilisations was starting to take shape. These include the equally iconic Ring of Brodgar, the chambered Cairn of Maeshow, and a collection of eight homes which form the community of Skara Brae.

Explore the Heart of Neolithic Orkney.


Spectacular outdoor art is a feature of many Scottish landscapes and the UNESCO Trail is no exception. Meet Silvanus at the Nethercroy site of the Antonine Wall, a colossal head of a Roman centurion named after the Roman god of the woods. He’s dramatic reminder of a time when the land was cut through by this formidable barrier patrolled by 7000 soldiers. Constructed by Emperor Pius in 142 AD it marked the most northerly frontier of the Roman Empire. Today several remnants of the wall survive which can be visited.

Explore Frontiers of the Roman Empire, The Antonine Wall.

Dore Holm

The landscape of Shetland is among the most dramatic on earth. Just look at the coast of Eshaness with the uninhabited island of Dore Holm with its natural arch in the distance. Shaped over a millennia by shifting sea, sand and powerful winds, the archipelago’s unique geology lends the island vast swathes of natural drama. It also supports an incredibly rich biodiversity, including an array of rare flora and fauna, as well a unique way of life honed by generations of islanders. Recognised as a UNESCO Global Geopark, Shetland’s wild and captivating beauty is simply unlike anywhere else in the world.

Explore Shetland Global Geopark.

Forth Bridge

The Forth Bridge is one of Scotland’s most iconic monuments. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Recognised for its engineering and technological ingenuity – it was the first structure of its kind in the world to be constructed from mild steel, the Forth Bridge has stood the test of time. Today it sees over 200 trains cross it from the Lothians to Fife in either direction without having to drop their speed below 80 km an hour!

Explore the Forth Bridge.

Scott Monument

Literature has been the beating heart of Edinburgh’s cultural life for centuries. In fact, Edinburgh is the only city in the world to erect a huge monument to an author. Measuring at 60 meters the Scott Monument is dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the author of the Waverley novels and Rob Roy. It’s just one striking example of how much writers are revered here. It’s a special part of the city’s character which has seen UNESCO honour it as a UNESCO City of Literature.

Explore Edinburgh, City of Literature

St Kilda

This small, remote archipelago of five volcanic islands is one of UNESCO’s most fascinating World Heritage Sites. Its landscapes are legendary and the story of the self-sustaining community which lived off the land right up until 1930s is a captivating one. You can still glimpse the ghostly remains of the last inhabited village on its largest island Hirta by the bay. The highest sea cliffs in the UK are also found here, along with the other immense jagged sea stacks, which host one of the world’s largest colonies of gannets. Visits to Kilda are restricted but plans are underway for a visitor centre.

Learn more about St Kilda.

New Lanark

New Lanark changed the world. In fact, many of the progressive social values which shaped society and the working world today were birthed here by its founder Robert Adam. This industrial village was built around the welfare of its mill workers rather than its profit margins, and remains very much frozen in time. You can take in the full scale and careful construction of Adam’s vision from the Roof Garden. It’s the largest of its kind in Scotland measuring 9,000 square feet. The view of the surrounding countryside isn’t bad either.

Explore New Lanark.

V&A Dundee

V&A Dundee © V&A / Ross Fraser McLean

Creativity and innovation have long been the heart and soul of Dundee, a UNESCO Creative City. Once world-renowned for ship building and textiles, Dundee has slowly transitioned into a design hub where major strides are being made in everything from medical technology to the gaming world. The architecture of V&A Dundee honours both the city’s industrious past, invoking images of the ships which were built on the waterfront, as well as it’s forward-thinking spirit. Step inside Scotland’s first design museum and discover how design has shaped the world we live in today.

Explore Dundee, City of Design.

Galloway Forest Park

Spanning 300 square miles, Galloway Forest Park is a among the largest forests in the UK, where visitors enjoy activities ranging from bird watching to rock climbing. It’s also a Dark Sky Park thanks to it’s crystal-clear night skies. What many don’t realise is that it comprises just part of a much larger natural wonderland protected by UNESCO, the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve. It’s a vast area covering swathes of south Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes, rich in geological wonders and teeming with wildlife. It also boasts its own unique culture and heritage marked by a vibrant creative scene and a respect for the environment.

Explore Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve.

Bealach na Ba Road

The twists and turns of the Bealach na Ba road are just about as thrilling as the scenery of Applecross Peninsula in the Highlands. It’s part of the Wester Ross Biosphere, a vast area home to some of the most spectacular and unpopulated landscapes in the UK. It encompasses mountains, beaches, fairy glens, romantic castles, and Scotland’s most famous driving route, the North Coast 500.

Explore Wester Ross Biosphere.

OVO Hydro

This futuristic-looking structure is the musical crown jewel of Glasgow, a city so renowned for its live music scene and legendary venues that it boasts the title of UNESCO City of Music. The OVO Hydro is the only UK venue of this scale built for live entertainment. Echoing the Greek and Roman amphitheatres of the Classical age, its stunning exterior of translucent inflated cushions are created from a high-tech film designed for the space industry. At night they turn luminescent with the glow of  coloured light emitted from within as the evening’s gig gets underway.

Explore Glasgow, City of Music.


Gazing out across the rugged landscape of Sutherland is to bear witness to Scotland’s prehistoric past. Forming part of the North West Highlands Geopark, discover a landscape of outstanding beauty with a geological lineage which stretches back 3 billion years. Here you’ll find some of the most precious geological artefacts in the world. Surprisingly accessible, the geopark is located just five hours by car from Edinburgh and Glasgow and encompasses 100 miles of the popular North Coast 500 route.

Explore the North West Highlands Geopark.

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Inspectors step in to feed hungry children at East Lothian nursery after E-Coli scare


The Pear Tree Nursery in Haddington was given the lowest possible grade by inspectors after it reopened from E-Coli scare. 

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SNP urged to refund taxpayers for money ‘wasted’ on Supreme Court independence referendum case


The SNP leader has been accused of being ‘stuck in a nationalist echo chamber’. 

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Man rushed to hospital after BMW X5 collides with two vans on A947 in Aberdeenshire


The 24-year-old was rushed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with serious injuries following the crash on Friday. 

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Dundee Winterfest delayed after ice rink equipment from Belgium ‘held up at customs’


M&N Events said that attendees will now be given access to the site from 10am on Saturday instead. 

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‘UK’s biggest ice rink’ Elfingrove in Glasgow shuts down on first weekend

An ice rink in Glasgow has been shut down due to technical issues the day after it opened.

The winter attraction billed as the UK’s largest ice rink, welcomed hundreds to its opening day on Thursday.

Elfingrove has transformed the grounds of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum into a winter wonderland – complete with a toddler rink for children under five.

However, organisers Itison announced on Friday that the rink had been temporarily closed due to a technical issues with the marquee.

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