Glasgow pub cancels Alex Salmond event over ‘political’ concerns as Alba “transphobia” claims made

The Record Factory on Byres Road was due to host the wee Alba book Roadshow Summer of Independence event.
The Record Factory on Byres Road was due to host the wee Alba book Roadshow Summer of Independence event. (Image: PA)

West End pub cancelled an Alex Salmond event over concerns it was “political ” amid a councillor complaint that the music venue was hosting the “transphobia obsessed” Alba Party.

The Record Factory was due to host the wee Alba book Roadshow Summer of Independence event on Saturday with former First Minister Mr Salmond. But now the party has been forced to find a different location.

It comes after Glasgow Green councillor Blair Anderson expressed “disappointment” that The Record Factory was “welcoming the business of a party obsessed with transphobia”.

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Reacting to the politician’s comments the Alba Party said it would take legal advice and said the “Standards Commission will be required to investigate”.

It is understood the event is now due to take place at the Grosvenor Hotel, which Councillor Anderson has also written to expressing concern.

Commenting on no longer holding the event, The Record Factory owner Paul McJimpsey said: “We made the decision not to host event, simply because we don’t want to be seen as supporters of any party. This is purely what the decision was based on.”

He said a team member booked the event on Friday thinking it “was a book launch, not a political rally event”.
He added: “Once we established it was a political event the organiser was contacted on Saturday afternoon to inform her that it’s not a type of event we would host ( for any political party).”

Mr McJimpsey said the decision was “not based on any posts from the Green Party or any other third party” and “was made purely on the fact that being seen as supporting any political party will just upset others outwith that party”.

Before the cancellation, Councillor Anderson said he would write to The Record Factory “to state my disappointment that they are welcoming the business of a party obsessed with transphobia.”

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Councillor Anderson said: “I’m using my free speech to let the venue know people would be disappointed.

“I have a duty of care to my trans and queer constituents who might be going out for a drink on Saturday night.”

Pointing out the Record Factory is in his ward, the Partick East/Kelvindale politician said he is not trying “to cancel Alba” but wants venues to know people would be disappointed if they are not “taking social responsibility seriously”.

Following his questioning of the location of the Alba event, Councillor Blair, 24, said he was subjected to homophobic abuse from Twitter users who also made ageist comments.

The Alba Party is opposed to the Scottish Government’s proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act, which would allow trans people to legally change their own gender without requiring a medical diagnosis.

Chris McEleny, General Secretary of Alba Party said they have “held events promoting Scottish independence in halls in towns and cities across Scotland”.

He said: “It is bitterly disappointing that a Scottish Green Party Councillor has attempted to hinder the independence campaign.”

Mr McEleny added: “The party are taking legal advice on the matter, however it is very concerning that the councillor appears to have attempted to exert pressure on a licensed premises to influence its operation, outwith the proper Quasi-Judicial process.”

He said it “is a matter that the Standards Commission will be required to investigate so it would not be appropriate to comment further”.

He continued: “However, Alba Party will not be bullied into silence. We will continue to make the case for independence even if the Green Party try to stop us and we will continue to support the right of women to have their voices heard in opposition to the Scottish Government’s proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act.”

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Cops release image of three men following serious assault in Aberdeen

Police are keen to trace the men in the photograph (Image: Police Scotland)

Police have released images of three men they would like to speak to in relation to a serious assault that left a man permanently disfigured.

The incident happened around 2am on Sunday September 26, 2021, in Aberdeen’s Union Street.

Officers believe the three males photographed hold information that can assist in their enquiries.

The first male is described as being white, 5ft 8 in height, of average build with short brown hair and brown facial hair.

He was wearing a white polo t-shirt, black jeans and black trainers.

The second male is described as being white, 5ft 9 in height, of slim build with short black hair and clean shaven.

He was wearing a black jacket, white t-shirt with black cargo trousers.

Officers are urging anyone with information to get in touch
Officers are urging anyone with information to get in touch (Image: Police Scotland)

The third male is described as being white, 5ft 9 in height, of slim build with short brown hair and clean shaven.

He was wearing a black stone island jacket, black t-shirt, light blue jeans and white trainers.

Officers are urging anyone with information to the men, or the men themselves, to get in touch.

Police Constable Robert Graham-Park of the Alcohol & Violence Reduction Team, Aberdeen said: “I would urge the males, or anyone who has information relating to these males, depicted in these images to make contact with the Police.

“Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Alcohol and Violence reduction Team, Aberdeen via 101 quoting reference number 0696 of 26 September 2021.

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Growing a sweet and sustainable success with Lidl strawberries

Nothing tastes like summer like a punnet of fresh strawberries, and in Scotland we produce the best in the world.

Fruit growers are thankful for the “goldilocks” weather – it’s just right – that makes for perfect growing conditions with longer hours of sunshine and cool breezes so the sugars have time to build up slowly as the fruit ripens.

In Lidl, the strawberries come from the beautiful Fife coast where Andrew Todd and his family have been farming for decades. “It’s mum, dad, brother and myself – a real family business,” says Andrew.

“Mum and dad came over from Northern Ireland 30 years ago and bought this farm where there were five acres of raspberries and five acres of strawberries, all outdoors at that stage, which they had to pick – and they loved it.”

Today the farm also has polytunnels and they have invested in a renewable biomass boiler for heat, extending the growing season from April to mid-November.

Each strawberry is hand-picked directly into the punnets by expert pickers, taking care not to bruise the delicate fruit.

“A lot of care has gone into the process, the pickers are trained not to touch the strawberry at all, they take it by the stalk and gently place it into the punnet. Attention to detail is crucial,” explains Andrew.

All the strawberries are hand-picked

Winners of the Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year in the Retail Industry Awards 2021, Lidl are proud of the close relationship they have with their farmers and growers, building better partnerships based on shared values – including having as low an impact on the planet as possible.

By 2023, all Lidl non-organic British fruit and veg farms will be LEAF Marque certified, meaning a commitment to increase the environmental standards of its fresh produce range.

Lidl is also investing £15billion into British food, farming and production over the next five years and 60 per cent of Lidl’s products are sourced from British suppliers.

Sustainability is also very important to farmer Andrew.

“We’re always looking at ways of improving, and are investing in renewables. It’s been good working with Lidl because we’re cutting out food miles, with the depot only an hour down the road. We’re recycling all the plastic and all our punnets are 100 per cent recyclable. It’s a key part of our business.”

Eton Mess Strawberry Scones

Eton Mess Strawberry Scones

Ingredients

For the Eton Mess (serves 6)

1 punnet strawberries

300 ml double cream

3 meringue nests (crushed into small chunks)

To serve

6 scones

strawberry jam

Method :This hybrid dessert combines two iconic British food traditions, Eton mess and jammy scones, into one delicious teatime treat that everyone will love.

But whether you assemble them jam or cream first, well, we’ll leave that one up to you …

1. Hull the strawberries and dice into small chunks.

2. Whip the rich cream, using either a hand whisk or stand mixer, until stiff. Gently fold through two thirds of the strawberries and all the meringue for some crunch, mixing until well combined.

3. To assemble, slice the scones in half and spread with a thick layer of strawberry jam for a bit of stickiness. Divide the cream mixture between the scones and sprinkle over the remaining strawberries for a bit of bite. Top with the scone ‘lid’ and serve immediately.

Pensioner dies in Cumbernauld house fire as two men rushed to hospital

A pensioner has died in a fatal house fire in Cumbernauld. Two men are also fighting for the lives in hospital, police have confirmed.

Emergency crews were called to a property on Glen Fyne Road at around 6am on Tuesday morning. Police shut the road down while advising the public to avoid the area.

A 79-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Two men aged 82 and 50, have been taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary with serious injuries.

Pictures from the scene show emergency services outside a burnt out semi-detached property in the quiet street. The roof of the house has been extensively damaged by the blaze.

Police and Fire Brigade attend the scene of a fire at Glen Fyne Road, Craigmarloch, Cumbernauld.
Police and Fire Brigade attend the scene of a fire at Glen Fyne Road, Craigmarloch, Cumbernauld. (Image: Daily Record)

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were called around 6.25am on Friday, 1 July, to a report of a house fire in Glen Fyne Road, Cumbernauld. Emergency services attended and a 79-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Woman, 79, dies and two men in hospital after fatal house fire in Cumbernauld

A PENSIONER has died and two people have been left seriously injured after a fatal house fire in Cumbernauld. 

Emergency services were called to Glen Fyne Road shortly after 6am this morning.

A 79-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two men, aged 82 and 50, were taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary with serious injuries.

Glasgow Times:

At around 9am, Lanarkshire police shut down the road and asked members of the public to avoid the area.

Enquiries into the blaze are ongoing.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were called around 6.25am on Friday, July 1, to a report of a house fire in Glen Fyne Road, Cumbernauld.

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“Emergency services attended and a 79-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Two men, aged 82 and 50, were taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary with serious injuries and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.”

Glasgow Times:

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson added: “We were alerted at 6.05am on Friday, July 1, to reports of a house fire.

“Operations control mobilised six fire appliances and an aerial height appliance to Glen Fyne Road in Cumbernauld.”

The Scottish Ambulance Service has been contacted for comment.

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‘Must be something serious’: Live updates as police lockdown Maryhill’s Bilsland Drive

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  • Bilsland Drive at Maryhill Road has been locked down by Police Scotland officers.
  • Road users should avoid the area if possible.

 

7:22am

Glasgow City Council has advised that the road has now reopened.

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One local business warned:

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A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 9.10am on Friday, July 1, officers were called to a report of a woman having become unwell in Bilsland Drive, Glasgow.

“She was taken to hospital and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.”

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Glasgow Times:

An ambulance has now arrived at the scene.

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A nearby shop owner tells our reporter: “The police have been around for about two hours now but haven’t moved much.

“I’m not sure what’s going on.”

 

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Police lockdown road in Glasgow’s Bilsland Drive due to ongoing incident

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Another business owner tells our reporter: “They were here when I got to work this morning.

“I assumed it was something to do with a crash or flooding because they’ve blocked off the bridge.

“They’re still here so I don’t know what’s going on.”

“Everyone is asking the same thing.”

 

6:36am

Glasgow Times:

Police can be seen diverting traffic in the area.

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A resident from nearby Leyden Garden said: “My neighbour woke told me that she had tried to get to her flat this morning and police stopped her to ask where she was going and why.

“I’ve no idea why they’re here.

“I suppose it must be something serious”

6:31am

Glasgow Times:

The force also seemed to have sealed off an area at the bridge. An officer stands guards at the bridge with a sign, ‘police slow’ in place. Their marked vehicle is blocking assess to the route.

6:31am

Glasgow Times:

A police officer stands guard and has a car blocking motorists’ access at the Maryhill Road entrance to the street.

6:30am

Glasgow Times:

Our reporter at the scene has revealed that police have been doing door-to-door enquiries following the incident. Cops were spotted entering a local business to ask questions.

6:30am

Glasgow Times:

A section of a Glasgow road has closed due to an ongoing police incident.

Bilsland Drive at Maryhill Road has been locked down by officers according to Glasgow City Council’s roads department.

Road users should avoid the area if possible.

PLATINUM JUBILEE: CORGIS, CAKES, AND CRUISES

COMMUNITIES throughout Scotland are preparing to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

In Aberdeen, Lord Provost David Cameron will light a beacon outside Marischal College on Thursday evening to kick-off the Granite City’s celebrations.

The short ceremony will include a lone piper playing “Diu Regnare” and a trumpeter performing “Majesty”.

Platinum jubilee - Jacobite Cruises

In Inverness, Jacobite is reviving its infamous “booze cruise” for one night only on Saturday.

The company operated an evening charter up until 2002, which became known locally as the “booze cruise”.

Freda Newton, managing director of Loch Ness by Jacobite, said: “Many people still tell me about the fun times they had on our evening charters, so when better to bring it back than during a weekend when we’ll all be celebrating and enjoying a long weekend?

“Our own Queen – the Jacobite Queen – will be our host for the evening and entertainment will be provided by DJs Simon and Scott.”

Platinum jubilee - Ballater Station

Ballater is going a wee bit further back in time for its nostalgia by holding 1950s-themed events in the village.

A beacon will be lit on the village green on Thursday, followed by a “Songs of Praise” service at Glenmuick Church on Friday.

Saturday includes afternoon tea and 1950s-inspired games, followed by the concert from Buckingham Palace being streamed live.

Platinum jubilee - Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh has also opted for a 1950s theme for its celebrations.

On 15 July, the Queen’s official residence will host an after-hours event, including jive demonstrations, a live jazz band, and gramophone records.

This weekend, the palace will also host a series of events to mark the jubilee, with the concert from Buckingham Palace also be streamed on Saturday night.

Platinum jubilee - corgis at Musselburgh Racecourse

Meanwhile, over at Musselburgh races, organisers are swapping horses for corgis to mark the jubilee.

Following the Scottish Sprint Cup on Saturday, dogs will take to the track on Sunday for “The Corgi Derby”, which will feature Paddy from Port Seaton, billed as “a distant relative of one of Her Majesty The Queen’s own corgis”.

Louise Marshall, Scotland’s national pipe, will also perform on Sunday.

Platinum jubilee - Conifox

Conifox Adventure Park near Edinburgh has enlisted the help of Ayrshire-based Living History Scotland for a weekend of immersive experiences.

Visitors will be able to meet actors playing the Queen, her jester, and an evil knight.

James Gammell, managing director at Conifox, said: “Kirkliston was the location of the first recorded parliament in Scottish history – the Estates of Scotland met there in 1235, during the reign of Alexander II – so we have some pretty important royal connections here.”

Platinum jubilee - Tigerlilly afternoon tea

Afternoon tea is also on the menu at many venues throughout Scotland.

Tigerlily bar in Edinburgh is serving a deluxe jubilee afternoon tea from Thursday to Sunday as part of the “Edinburgh Loves Gin Festival” organised by its parent company, Montpeliers.

Over at Cheval’s Edinburgh Grand, a jubilee afternoon tea is being served throughout June in The Register Club, the venue’s cocktail bar.

Platinum jubilee - Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Looking further ahead, Mexican performers Banda Monumental de Mexico are dedicating part of their performance at this August’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to the Queen’s jubilee.

Their butterfly costumes were inspired by a famous image of Prince Philip in Mexico in 1988.

Organisers said that the idea came from a young dancer, Julieta Huerta Aviles, who is part of the Mexican act.

LAND WITH SUMMER ISLES VIEW FOR SALE

LAND at Achiltibuie in Wester Ross with views of the Summer Isles has gone on the market.

The former hydroponics site – where crops were grown without soil – has planning permission for four houses, with offices or workshops.

The 3.26-acre strip of coast is on sale for offers over £395,000.

Emily Watson, property agent at Goldcrest Land & Forestry Group, which is marketing the land, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and would suit a property developer or someone interested in creating a holiday letting business.

“The site sits in a stunning west coast location and offers magical ever-changing views to the Outer Hebrides, the mountains of Coigach and Assynt to the north and east, and the Fannich and Torridon hills to the south.”

The three proposed holiday cottages have been designed by Billy Reynolds of Reynolds Architecture.

Watson added: “It is well placed for those with outdoorsy interests from geology to fishing, climbing, and sailing.

“It is also rich in wildlife including many birds of prey, red deer, puffins, otters, dolphins, whales, and seals.”

As well as its views of the Summer Isles, the site also leads down to a pebble beach of Badentarbert Bay.

LAND WITH SUMMER ISLES VIEW FOR SALE

LAND at Achiltibuie in Wester Ross with views of the Summer Isles has gone on the market.

The former hydroponics site – where crops were grown without soil – has planning permission for four houses, with offices or workshops.

The 3.26-acre strip of coast is on sale for offers over £395,000.

Emily Watson, property agent at Goldcrest Land & Forestry Group, which is marketing the land, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and would suit a property developer or someone interested in creating a holiday letting business.

“The site sits in a stunning west coast location and offers magical ever-changing views to the Outer Hebrides, the mountains of Coigach and Assynt to the north and east, and the Fannich and Torridon hills to the south.”

The three proposed holiday cottages have been designed by Billy Reynolds of Reynolds Architecture.

Watson added: “It is well placed for those with outdoorsy interests from geology to fishing, climbing, and sailing.

“It is also rich in wildlife including many birds of prey, red deer, puffins, otters, dolphins, whales, and seals.”

As well as its views of the Summer Isles, the site also leads down to a pebble beach of Badentarbert Bay.