It’s that time of year again. The Edinburgh Festival takes centre stage. Believe it or not I’ve appeared at it twice, not bad for a Govan boy. Culture vultures from all over the world will throng the streets of Scotland’s capital sometimes known as ‘Auld Reekie’. Funny how some cities acquire totally unsuitable nick names. Glasgow is referred to by some as The Holy City’, and that’s before the Pope arrives.
The other big talking point is the news that Billy Connolly is about to receive the Freedom of Glasgow. Well done the Big Yin!
Billy received part of his education at St. Gerard’s School in Govan, as did Armand Ianucci top comedy writer and yours truly. Wait till the Pope hears about that. St. Gerard could be in big trouble.
‘Juke Box Memories’ now there’s a great name for a show. It took place mid July in the Glasgow Pavilion. Best show I’ve seen in years! It featured the great hit songs of the 50s and 60s. On stage it was singalong time, in the auditorium it was karaoke time. What made it even more pleasurable was that the three principals were good friends of mine, Dean Park, Christian and Russell Lane. It was a joy to see so many patrons of pensionable age behaving like recycled teenagers. Bring on ‘Juke Box Memories’ part two!
On a sadder note was the passing of one of our Societies stalwarts Ronnie Coburn. Ronnie was the ultimate pro. He lived and breathed the business to the extent of calling his house ‘Vaudevilla’. The highlight of our annual functions was Ronnie’s patter parade as he ad-libbed around the tables of guests. It was laughter all the way. At the service of remembrance it was standing room only. A fitting tribute to a much loved friend.
Also a great loss, Angela Logan, widow of my illustrious predecessor the great Jimmy Logan.
They’ll be fondly remembered! Thanks for the memories.
Happy For Tabs.Johnny Beattie