Dougie Vipond steals the show at Legal Awards

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STAND-UP comedian Hal Cruttenden may have been hired to entertain the troops at the Scottish Legal Awards with his routine on Scottish, English and Northern Irish jokes, but one of the biggest laughs of the night was reserved for host Dougie Vipond.

After one lawyer fell off the back of the stage while having his picture taken with an award, the former Deacon Blue drummer turned to the audience and quipped: “I’d just like to remind you that there is a back to this stage. So please be careful because, as you all know, where there’s blame, there’s a claim.”

Clydesdale welcomes back an old customer

ONE of Clydesdale Bank’s first customers is returning to the lender, 20 years after switching banks.

Christies of Fochabers, one of the best-known garden centres in the north of Scotland, was founded in 1820 and started banking with Clydesdale not long after the institution opened its doors in 1838.

The family-run horticultural firm, which employs nearly 100 staff and turned over £3.2 million last year, is managed by husband and wife team Ronald and Christine Christie. The couple, who are managing director and finance director respectively, are the fifth generation of the family to run the business. Their son, Neal, is also a director of the firm.

Ronald said: “We intend to make significant changes to the garden centre within the next few years by expanding our restaurant and developing our children’s play area.

“Improving our facilities will help to offer a complete family day out. Christies of Fochabers has been around for almost 200 years and we plan to be around for many years more – hopefully with the next generation of our family at the helm.”