Ancrum Road Primary School’s Library – 10th Anniversary

Yesterday, along with the Lord Provost and other invited guests, I had the pleasure of attending the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Ancrum Road Primary School’s superb library – surely one of the best amongst the city’s primary schools.

The school, staff and parent volunteers deserve much thanks for their efforts in creating a lovely, well-stocked library.

Whilst there, and along with Davie Bowman of Dundee United, I met the two Ancrum Road Primary School P5 five-a-side football teams that are playing in the West End Christmas Week Primary Schools’ Football Competition on Friday, kindly sponsored by WestFest.    Here’s the two teams with Davie (back right) and Mrs O’Rourke, Ancrum Road Primary School’s Head Teacher (front right) :

Tuesday latest …

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending the media photocall on Magdalen Green to announce that the Guinness Book of Records has given the world record for the largest piggy back race to the event held at the WestFest Big Sunday earlier this year!

Here’s a photo and a short video from a thoroughly enjoyable event this afternoon!

Piggy Back Winners Dominic and Lola Venditotzz receive their Guinness World Records Certificate from Paola McClure, WestFest Chair

Also today, I met constituents and Scottish Water representatives about flooding issues in part of the West End and constituents about housing repairs and roads complaints


On Saturday 20th August, the WestFest Committee is running a fundraising event – WestFiesta – at the Vine at the bottom of Roseangle (43 Magdalen Yard Road – opposite the Roseangle car park). 

It will be an afternoon and early evening of fun and music!

Its £10 for adults £5 for under 12s first drink and food free – and silly games, a bar – and a bit of sun hopefully. 

This replaces the BBQ cancelled due to wind damage earlier in the year.    Tickets are available by contacting, Frasers Fruit and Veg shop on Perth Road or call into the reception at the Vine.

Big Sunday …

Secretary of State for Scotland Mike Moore addressing the event
Its been a very busy Sunday – starting off with the Scottish Liberal Democrats’ Members’ Forum in Edinburgh (or – for me – half of it!)   

Its been a difficult time of late for Scottish Liberal Democrats but what was so very encouraging about today was the large turnout of members, their robust input and the positive views about the way forward.

I spoke during the debate stressing the importance of the 2012 local elections and the need for the party to be fully prepared.

Via St Andrews to drop off a LibDem colleague, I was back in the West End to take part in what has been a superb WestFest Big Sunday.

Here’s a few photos and a video from Sunday on Magdalen Green :
Some of the Friends of Magdalen Green team – Pat, Angela, me, Mary
A superb day on the Green!

WESHA at WestFest …

The newly-launched West End Sports and Heritage Association will be represented at the Friends of Magdalen Green stall at WestFest Big Sunday.    With thanks to Angela Mehlert, Chair of Friends of Magdalen Green and the newly appointed Minutes Secretary of WESHA, the flyer above will be available on Sunday.   Full details of Big Sunday are available at   The layout plan for Sunday on Magdalen Green is below.

You can also download the presentation by Angela and by Matthew Miller, WESHA’s Chair, from the launch meeting on Wednesday at DCA, by going to