Glasgow letter with Robert Robertson 04.04.19

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A Jolie trip to Govan!

Recently, myself and the Tide Lines boys were doing a bit of filming in a big empty warehouse in Govan.

In the days when shipbuilding boomed on the Clyde, this place was used to build parts of ship engines, but now it is rented out as a massive, empty, multi-purpose space.

One of its most significant hires of late was the cast and crew of the Holywood hit movie, World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, and filmed in George Square.

In conversation, I asked the proprietor about his experience of dealing with the Holywood star-studded cast.

He told me the brilliant story of when the bus arrived with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The floor of the building is extremely rough rubble – probably unchanged from its former days in the ship building industry – and, when Angelina Jolie stepped out, she was in her bare feet.

Immediately, she was greeted by a local Govan employee shouting: ‘Angelina, you’ll need tae pit yer shoes on, hen!’

A typically down to earth welcome to Glasgow for an A-list celebrity.

Raising money for veterans

Clydebank and District Highland Association had a great night at their annual cèilidh in aid of Erskine Hospital.

The chairman was Donald Iain Brown, and singers were Norman MacKinnon, Jimmy Cameron and Donald Iain. Willie Scott played some tunes on the accordion, the piper was Iain MacPhee, and the accompanist was Kirsteen Grant.

A representative from Erskine, Colin MacPhail, gave an update on what is going on at Erskine and acknowledged that, to date, the Clydebank Highlanders have donated in excess of £30,000 for this very worthy cause over the years they have been holding this function.

Veterans from Erskine were in attendance and the generosity of patrons, especially Katie MacDonald and Dave and Jean Colraine, ensured they all went home happy with bags of bottles.

The association extend their thanks to everyone who has supported the event over many years.

Their AGM to be held in the Napier Hall Old Kilpatrick on May 22 at 7.30pm.

Edinburgh cèilidh

Comunn Tir Nam Beann Dùn Èideann are holding a cèilidh this Saturday April 6 in Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh – opposite the Elephant House Cafè.

There will be Gaelic songs from James Graham, Rena Gertz and Linn Phipps; and music from Linda Campbell (accordion), Debbie Davidson (fiddle), Magnus Turpie (accordion), Mike Turpie (small pipes), and Neil MacLure (Highland pipes).

The cèilidh runs from 7.30pm to 10pm; with doors opening at 7.15pm. Admission is £5 for members and £6 for non-members and it is free for children – although under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.

There is no need to book and tea, coffee, and home baking will be served at the interval.

What’s on

Saturday April 27: Glasgow Skye Association annual spring concert (Wee Skye) in the Crawford Hall, Beith Street, at 7:30pm.

Saturday April 27: Glasgow Islay Association to host Tartan Pimpernel play in Partick Burgh Halls at 3pm. Tickets £8 or free for senior citizens.