Local round-up: £80k painting is big draw at Colourist sale

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A 1909 painting by respected Edinburgh colourist Francis Cadell, The Pink Robe, is expected to fetch up to £80,000 when it heads a sale of Scottish art work at Bonhams next week.

A later work by Cadell, titled Iona looking to the Dutchman's Cap, has also attracted a substantial pre-sale estimate of up to 60,000. The sale also includes paintings by Anne Redpath, Joan Eardley, George Leslie Hunter and Dame Elizabeth Blackadder. The auction will be held next Thursday.

Walkers of Leith step out

The Leith Walk will hold a ramble on Sunday from the Foot of the Walk to Granton. The group will walk via Newhaven, returning via Victoria Park and the Water of Leith. They will meet at 11am. For more info contact Dave Poyner on 07714284756 or david.poyner@virgin.net.

Used stamp appeal to aid boys home

FUNDRAISERS at Bonnyrigg Parish Church raised 2409 by collecting used postage stamps last year and are hoping for the same this year.

The money they raised went to a girls' hostel in Pakistan and this year it will go to Mount Olivet Boys' Home in Jamaica.

The home provides facilities, support and training to 28 teenage boys. Undamaged stamps with a large border around them will be collected.

Marathon bus fare offer

CITYLINK is offering reduced fares to Scottish-based runners and supporters travelling to the Edinburgh Marathon Festival on May 22. The firm is offering a promotional return of fare on all Scottish routes to Edinburgh costing just 5 on May 22 and 23.

Beach clean up great way to spend morning

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help a community clean-up. The Marine Conservation Society will be holding the beach clean at Cramond tomorrow. Meet at the start of the Cramond Island causeway at 10am. Volunteers should wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. For further information contact Anne Saunders on 07894 566624 or anne.saunders@mcsuk.org. The last Adopt-a-Beach event at Cramond, in January, saw 58 volunteers pick up 84kg of litter in less than two hours.

Author to launch book

AUTHOR Lin Anderson will celebrate the launch of her latest book in the city next month.

She will be at Waterstone's West End for the launch of The Reborn on May 12, from 6-7pm.

Tickets, which cost 2, are redeemable against any promoted book bought on the night.