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Glasgow Film Office helped direct over £19million to city’s economy in 2018


Glasgow City Council’s Glasgow Film Office (GFO) has unveiled the latest economic impact figures from the film, broadcast and advertising productions it plays a key role in attracting to the city.


In 2018, such productions brought over £19.1million to Glasgow’s economy – a 26% increase on 2017.  Since its creation in 1997 with a remit to promote Glasgow as a ‘film-friendly’ city, GFO has helped to bring productions that have generated over £320million locally.


GFO acts as a one-stop shop for productions either filming or looking to film in Glasgow, enabling them to meet with other council teams and other public bodies, as well as local location owners.  A key aim of the GFO is to ensure filming has the minimum possible impact on Glasgow’s daily life while bringing the greatest economic impact.


In recent years, a long list of major film and broadcast productions have come to Glasgow, including Outlaw KingThe WifeStill GameOutlanderThe ReplacementShetlandTrainspotting 2Churchill, Wild Rose, Fast & Furious 6 and last year’s city centre filming of Hobbs & Shaw, the spin-off from that globally-successful franchise.


Councillor David McDonald, Depute Leader at Glasgow City Council, said: “These latest figures confirm Glasgow’s status as a go-to destination for the film and broadcast industry and both show its importance of filming to the city’s economy.  The work of the council’s film office continues to bear fruit, and the latest figures underline the importance of not only attracting productions but supporting local companies in the industry.  Glasgow Film Office is in continuous discussion with production representatives and location managers, and as a result, more major films and broadcast programmes and features can be expected to be coming to the city soon.”


Claire Mundell, producer at Glasgow based Synchronicity Films, said: “The support we received from Glasgow Film Office – in return for a commitment to use Glasgow-based facilities companies – was extremely important to the production of our BBC1 showThe Cry. The Glasgow Film Office fund is easy to access and encourages local spend, incentivising Glasgow-based production companies like us at Synchronicity to work with other local businesses, thereby growing the industry on the ground here together. We are very grateful for the support we have received on The Cry, and also the two films we brought to shoot in Glasgow over the last two years – Only You and The Party’s Just Beginning.”

GFO also with partners through the Glasgow Film Partnership to make filming on location in the city as simple as possible. Some of the (over 60) members of this partnership include Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, the University of Glasgow, Glasgow Science Centre, SPT, Glasgow Airport and Network Rail.

More detail on Glasgow Film Office is available at: www.glasgowfilm.com.


Justice for NI Veteran Parade Glasgow

11 May 2019
All arrangements in place and authorised by Glasgow Council.
Parade will be led by Greyfriars Pipe Band.
We require 25 Stewards on the day, if you or someone you know would like to attend or help out please do let me know. suzfernando@yahoo.co.uk or log onto our group page below.
Form Up 1040
March Off 1100

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Fund will support independent shops on Glasgow’s historic High Street


A fund will provide support to independent shops on the High Street and Saltmarket, one of the oldest and of the most historically significant thoroughfares in Glasgow, as part of a strategy to regenerate the area.  The appearance and shop fronts and the buildings in which they reside has a considerable impact and influence on an area’s character.


This fund – the Independent Retail Fund (IRF) – is a shop front improvement grant available to tenants and owners of occupied shops on Saltmarket and the High Street.



Glasgow City Council will work with City Property Glasgow Investments and other commercial property owners to provide 100% funds to shops – £5,000 for double units and £3,000 for single units – to enable them to undertake necessary external enhancements / redecoration and other improvements such as removing / upgrading signage, replacing damaged tiles and feature lighting for signage or window displays.


An officer from Glasgow City Council will visit eligible properties to discuss the fund and provide assistance with applications if required.  It is hoped that these improvements will enhance the appeal of the area to visitors, customers and local residents and contribute towards business and consumer confidence.


This project is part of the wider High Street Area Strategy, a five-year plan to redevelop this historic quarter and support small businesses and the local economy.


One of the recipients of the Independent Retail Fund is Bonjour, a new inclusive bar / creative community hub, based at 37 Saltmarket.


Councillor Angus Millar, Depute City Convener for Economic Growth at Glasgow City Council and Chair of the High Street Reference Group, said: “The Independent Retail Fund is an important part of our strategy to regenerate the High Street area in Glasgow.  This particular type of support can be crucial in attracting and keeping independent shops in the area, boosting the local economy and ensuring it develops into a vibrant quarter of Glasgow that is a great location to live and work in, as well as visit.  We will work with any eligible local retailer who is interested in using this fund to improve their business.”


Andrew Sim, Co-Director, Bonjour Ltd, said: “The High Street / Saltmarket area of Glasgow is changing rapidly, due to years of hard work and investment from the local community and the council. The shopfront improvement grant from the Independent Retail Fund will help us open a community focused LGBTQ+ venue in this historic part of the city.”


The High Street Area Strategy (HSAS) will breathe new life into the historic heart of the city around the High Street and Saltmarket through the promotion of the area’s rich history and built heritage, greater support for its small businesses and the local economy, and enhanced public realm.


The area is home to around 6,000 people and features a host of attractions such as the Barras, Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Green, the Necropolis, Provand’s Lordship, the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, the Tollbooth Steeple, and key locations on the Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail, as well as independent shops and traders, artists’ studios, bars, restaurants, the Glasgow City Innovation District and the Tontine centre of innovation.


The strategy will be overseen by a cross-party body, the High Street Reference Group, comprising all the councillors representing the wards covering the area.


Other action plans through the HSAS include: working with partner agencies to promote the preservation of built heritage; establishing a Heritage Trail to link the area’s visitor attractions and highlight historical points of interest; introducing a new “Meanwhile Space” initiative to bring vacant shop units into positive use; and exploring more opportunities for quality public space and active travel.

The High Street Area Strategy can be found online here: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=43009&p=0.

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Nursery Pupils Bring Care Home Residents Joie de Vivre

Nursery staff, Janine Al-Gailani (l) and Kathryn O'Neill, with the children and care home residents.

Children from a Glasgow nursery are proving to be an elixir of youth for residents of a nearby care home.

Weekly visits from youngsters at Silverdale Nursery in Dalmarnock are giving residents of neighbouring Riverside Care Home a new lease of life.

Nursery staff, Janine Al-Gailani (l) and Kathryn O'Neill, with the children and care home residents.

The inter-generational project in the former Commonwealth Village benefits young and old alike, as the children learn from their seniors who, in turn, are kept active and alert by their lively young friends.

Margaret Anne MacKinnon, Silverdale Nursery Head Teacher, said: “The children love visiting their friends in the care home and welcoming them into the nursery. It is really lovely to watch them interact with their guests when they are here.

“They do activities like baking and crafts together. It helps build the children’s social skills and they also benefit from the older people’s knowledge and life experience. They really enjoy each other’s company.”

Mark Kane aged 4 with Millie (left) and Margaret

Staff from the nursery take a group of children aged 3-5 years on a short walk to the care home once a week and the following week, care home residents, aged 65- 99 years, attend the nursery.

The youngsters recently joined their older friends for a Teddy Bear’s picnic at the care home and a sponsored walk is also being planned.

Margaret McColl, aged 81, care home resident, said: “I love it when the kids come to visit. They are wonderful and very funny. They make me smile and when they give you a cuddle, it really lifts you up!”

Karen Onodjo aged 4 with Margaret McColl aged 81.

TV programme, The Care Home for Four Year Olds, featured an inter-generational pilot which highlighted the physical and mental benefits for older people in a care home environment.Tests showed the seniors’ mood, memory and mobility all improved during and after regular visits from a group of children.

Janice Ritchie, Riverside Care Home Manager, said: “This project has made a big difference to our residents. When the children come in, our residents are all smiles and the children run to greet people they have a relationship with and who they are really fond of. It keeps our residents young and improves their mood and mobility. Some of our residents have dementia, but when the children visit, they recognise them. It is really amazing!”

Similar inter-generational projects take place at Glasgow Health & Social Care Partnership’s two other new build residential care homes – Hawthorne House in Bardowie Street and Orchard Grove in Prospecthill Road.

Cllr Mhairi Hunter, City Convener for Social Care Integration, said: “This project is a really heart-warming example of great partnership working which benefits everyone involved. The children and older people love getting together and learning from each other. It also helps to boost the health and general well-being of the care home residents which is absolutely fantastic.”

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Council budget invests in city communities and protects local services

Glasgow City Council has passed a budget that invests in communities and ensures the city is ready to deal with its half-billion-pounds equal pay bill.

Members today backed the City Government’s budget plan for 2019/20, which will see Council Tax rise by 3% – well below the 4.79% cap set by the Scottish Government.

Spending plans for the coming year will not see the closure of any community facilities, but will invest around £26 million in neighbourhood infrastructure like pavements and roads.

Meanwhile, some £20 million will be invested in developing new community hubs designed to bring together valued local services under one roof.

Council leader Susan Aitken said: “I am delighted that a budget which maintains the importance of Glasgow’s communities, protects frontline services and cherished facilities and continues to invest in this city’s priorities has been passed by Council.


“It is a budget which builds on both the commitments my administration was elected on and the foundations the City Government has laid in social justice and inclusive economic growth.


“It addresses the need for sustainability and carbon reduction; invests almost £50million on community facilities and the fabric of our neighbourhoods; acknowledges the invaluable role of our staff and the need to promote fair work and quality jobs and skills, and it supports the needs of our youngest and oldest citizens.


“Of course, after a decade of austerity we face considerable challenges but I am delighted that we have presented a balanced budget underpinned by fairness. We have ensured that, despite the continued attacks on our poor and vulnerable, we have again done all in our power to protect Glaswegians from the worst ravages of austerity.


“It is also a historic budget because the process of finally ending pay discrimination in this city underway. Justice comes with a price, it presents us with challenges and it accounts for over half this year’s budget gap.


“But these women are entitled to every single penny and this budget begins the process of putting half a billion pounds into the hands of working women – the single biggest act of redistribution that any government has carried out in this city in decades.”

Heading into today’s budget meeting, the city’s spending gap was just under £41 million, largely due to the effects of inflation – and the requirement to set aside cash to meet the initial costs of settling equal pay claims.

Members agreed to close the gap through a range of measures – from prudent use of the city’s reserves to a package efficiency savings; spending reductions, and changes to fees and charges designed to generate more income.

This means the city is able to protect valued frontline services, while investing in key priorities.

This includes a new economic development programme bringing together support for apprenticeships, employment, in-work progression, the Living Wage and social enterprise that will secure Glasgow’s status as a Fair Work City.

City Treasurer Cllr Allan Gow said: “This budget meets the immediate challenges facing the city by balancing our finances, while protecting local services and making long-overdue provision to meet our obligations on equal pay.

“However, our investments in communities and neighbourhood infrastructure are also about fundamentally changing the way we manage our resources in the years and decades ahead.

“For too long, the way we have done things has left the city stretching itself to maintain facilities that are already out-of-date and unfit for purpose. We are determined to build 21st Century services for a 21st Century city.”

Changes to kerbside bin collections – where crews currently service many bins that are less than half full – will see some homes switch to a three-weekly cycle; reducing waste and landfill and increasing recycling rates.

A new environmental ticket levy will establish a £2.50-per-head fee for major events like festivals and concerts held in the city’s parks, ensuring our green spaces and the people who use them benefit.

The city’s successful Holiday Hunger programme, which last summer saw 14,600 young people served more than 131,000 healthy meals and snacks, will continue – and popular initiatives to cut traffic around schools and close streets to allow children to play in a safe, traffic-free environment will be extended.

The last of the city’s infamous red blaes pitches will be eradicated from schools, thanks to a £2.5 million investment in modern Multi-use Games Areas.

Membersalso  signed off on a healthy programme of capital spending; with a total of £94 million available for the first of a new generation of community facilities, a major investment in nurseries and various other projects across the council family.

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Council to provide grant to remediate Waverley berth at Glasgow Science Centre


Glasgow City Council has today (21 February) approved a £50,000 grant as a contribution to the remediation of the berth for the PS Waverley at Glasgow Science Centre.


This grant will allow urgent work – estimated to cost over £108,000 in total, with some components approaching the end of their natural life – to be done that will ensure the berth can meet ongoing requirements for the Waverley.


The Waverley has been berthed at Glasgow Science Centre since its move from Anderston Quay in 2003 to allow the construction of the Clyde Arc Bridge.

Drone View of the Clyde:

The world-famous paddle-steamer is one of a few vessels currently operating on the Clyde for leisure purposes, and is key to maintaining and developing vibrancy on the river and its banks.  The Waverley generates £3.6million for the Scottish economy every year, supporting 136 FTE jobs.


Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “The Waverley has played a notable role in Glasgow’s cultural and economic life for generations, and the council’s contribution to the remediation work at Glasgow Science Centre will help this role to continue.  In addition, in a time where a great deal of work and investment is taking place on the Clyde, the Waverley’s vital contribution to activity on the river and its status as a destination should be recognised.”


The remediation works will take place when the Waverley is not berthed, possibly in May 2019 when the Waverley is at dry dock or in Autumn 2019 when the Waverley will be sailing in the Bristol Channel and South Coast.


More information on the PS Waverley, which sails from Glasgow to various locations on the Clyde coast and the Scottish islands between May – August, can be found at: http://www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk/.

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Council approves shift in economic focus for City Development Plan


Glasgow City Council today (21 February) approved Supplementary Guidance on Economic Development within the City Development Plan – this guidance will now be submitted to Scottish Ministers for consideration.


Glasgow’s City Development Plan – adopted in March 2017 – is the basis for planning and regeneration decisions in the city.  As well as this, it provides context and broad principles for a range of environmental and development based topics – one of which is Economic Development.


Today’s decision is notable as it marks both the first time that the shift towards a knowledge economy in Glasgow has been included in the guidance, and a move away from a focus on business and industrial land to a wider consideration of what drives the city’s economy and attracts investment.


These economic drivers include traditional economic development areas (71 business and industry locations throughout Glasgow), the city centre and other town centres, as well as hospitals and further education campuses – recognising that the latter two playing a key role in the city’s economy and improving its knowledge base.


Another evolution in the guidance on economic development is the move towards a more flexible approach that may allow other, non-traditional business and industry uses to be promoted within certain economic development areas.


Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “These changes to the supplementary guidance within the City Development Plan will allow planning and regeneration decisions to be made that more accurately reflect the current and emerging trends in Glasgow’s economy, and as a result grow our economy quicker and create more jobs.”


Other elements of the City Development Plan already submitted to Scottish Ministers include guidance on sustainable transport, meeting housing needs, placemaking, and the historic environment among others.  This guidance provides the statutory basis for making decisions on planning applications in Glasgow.


The revised supplementary guidance on Economic Development, which was developed through public consultation with a variety of stakeholders, can now be viewed at: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=43312&p=0.

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Eddie Overcomes Challenges to Win Big at Leader’s Awards

Eddie McGinlay’s job prospects were in the rough, until Glasgow Supported Employment Service helped him score a hole-in-one at a Glasgow golf club.

Despite completing Project Search, a one year work experience programme for people with learning disabilities, applying for over 100 jobs and securing 20 interviews, Eddie, struggled to find a job. Nerves got the better of him during interviews and he clammed up when quizzed about his abilities.

But the determined 24-year-old refused to give up and actions spoke louder than words when the employment service set him up with a work trial at Haggs Castle Golf Club. Eddie’s reliability and strong work ethic shone through, earning him a job as a kitchen porter at the club in May 2017.

Today, he’s progressed to performing sous chef duties preparing starters and puddings as well as the breakfast menu. He never misses a day’s work and regularly does extra shifts and overtime if asked.

His manager, Tracey Morgan, said: “Eddie is a model employee and an asset to the company. He is a diligent, fully integrated, popular member of the team with great time-keeping and a strong work ethic.”

Earning a wage gives Eddie independence and enables him to enjoy pastimes like going to the cinema and gym. He is also saving up for driving lessons.

He said: “It was disappointing when I kept applying for jobs but didn’t get one. The work trial was good, because I didn’t have to do an interview. I get really nervous and don’t know what to say.

“My job is really good, everyone is nice and there is a nice atmosphere. I get to meet a lot of the club members and talk to them. I get independence and enjoyment from working. It makes me happy.”

Last week, Eddie’s resilience was recognised when he was presented with two trophies at Glasgow City Council’s Leader’s Awards for Care Experienced Young People. Eddie bagged the Outstanding Award for Employment and also claimed the overall prize for Outstanding Journey and Achievement.

Cllr Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Eddie’s perseverance and determination to succeed is truly commendable. His work trial enabled him to show off his true abilities and land his job. He should be very proud of his achievements – his hard work has made him a valued employee at the golf club.”

Modest Eddie was overwhelmed by the recognition.

He said: ” I was really shocked and excited to win two awards. I wasn’t expecting it!”

His advice to people facing hurdles in life is: “Never give up – just keep trying and you will succeed in whatever it is you want to do.”

The Leader’s awards recognised the achievements of young people who are, or have been, looked after and accommodated by the council. Another 15 amazing young people were also honoured for their success in education, the arts and training.

Cllr Aitken said: “Each award winner was very impressive. As Corporate Parents, the council supports and encourages all our looked after young people to aim high and fulfil their full potential. These awards pay tribute to the talent, skills and hard work demonstrated by young people who – I’m certain will go on to achieve their life goals.”

Places are now available on the next Project Search programme which will run from August this year until June 2020, Monday – Friday, 9am to 4pm.

Applicants must live in Glasgow, want to work over 16 hours a week, be aged 18-25 years, be able to travel independently and have a learning disability or autistic spectrum condition. Participants are expected to have excellent timekeeping and attendance.

Project Search is based either in the University of Strathclyde or at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Anyone interested in joining, should attend a recruitment event in Glasgow City Chambers on March 25th, from 4.30pm to 6pm.

Glasgow Supported Employment Service supports those who have successfully completed Project Search and are still looking for their first paid job. Businesses interested in hiring someone should email supportedemployment@glasgow.gov.uk

The service is part of Glasgow’s Health and Social Care Partnership. In Glasgow, Project Search is delivered by partners including Glasgow City Council, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow Clyde College, City of Glasgow College and Autism Network Scotland.

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Car free zones are set to be trialled at seven Glasgow primary schools in a bid to improve road safety for children.

The scheme would see temporary pedestrian areas created outside the seven schools for limited periods in the morning and afternoon to help ensure pupils can arrive and leave school safely.


The push for the pilot programme follows a series of concerns such as poor and risky driving outside schools, obstructive parking that forces pupils on to the road as well as the issues created by congestion and harmful emissions.

The proposals for streets around Bankhead, Broomhill, Hillhead, Lourdes, Our Lady of the Rosary, St Blane’s and Toryglen primary schools are currently being consulted upon by the council. Views are being sought from the council’s Education Services, head teachers, parent councils, community councils, elected members, Police Scotland and other members of the community.

The schools chosen for the pilot have a history of complaints and concerns from parent councils, community council and elected members about pupil safety on the school run.  But there is evidence that the schools earmarked for involvement in the scheme experience high levels of car use for the school journey and also have to deal with acute congestion at the school gates.

The eligibility for involvement in the scheme also considers the school’s location on the road network – the school entrance shouldn’t open on to a bus route for instance. But also that there should be reasonable scope for the surrounding area to cope with displaced traffic.

Councillor Chris Cunningham, City Convenor for Education, Skills and Early Years, said calls from the affected communities for a safer environment outside schools have driven forward the plans for school car free zones.

Councillor Cunningham said: “There is a public demand from parents and residents to make sure children are as safe as possible when heading to and from school.  A number of initiatives have already tried to clamp down on poor driver behaviour, but problems that put children at risk still persist.

“In the circumstances we have to go one step further to protect our children.  Car free zones outside schools can create safe spaces for young people at key points of the school day.  The zones are being introduced on a trial basis and we will be looking very carefully at the evidence to see how effective they prove to be.”

Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convenor for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, backed the pilot programme and hoped it would encourage more pupils to take an active travel option to get to school.

Councillor Richardson said: “We must ensure our young people are as active as possible as a way to tackle the ever increasing problem of childhood obesity. Creating a safer, more pleasant environment for children to walk and cycle to school can absolutely play a part in promoting a healthier lifestyle for young people.

“Unfortunately, Glasgow currently has the highest rate of pupils being driven to school compared to the other cities in Scotland.  This amount of traffic heading to the school clearly impacts on the wider environment and creates road safety risks at the school gate. School car free zones will keep streets around schools clear of cars at the busiest times of the school day. We hope school car free zones will give parents greater confidence that their children can walk or cycle to school safely every day.”

A starting date for the school car free zones has still to be confirmed. It is anticipated that the trial period will last for up to 18 months.

Indicators for the success of the project will include a reduction in congestion and speed of traffic around school gates and increase in the number of children walking and cycling to school alongside a reduction in the number of car trips to school.

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Appeal for families of men who died during Cyprus Emergency

Cyprus Emergency Peace Keeping Force

An appeal is being made to trace relatives of men killed serving in the Cyprus Emergency Peace Keeping Force – often referred to as the ‘Forgotten Conflict’

It follows the most recent award of the Elizabeth Cross to two affected families by Glasgow’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander, in her capacity as Lord Lieutenant, late last year.

Cyprus Emergency Peace Keeping Force

The Lord Provost said: “It’s important that families receive recognition of their loved- one’s service. Conflict visits great costs on everyone who loses a member of their family. It’s my privilege and pleasure to be able to present these Elizabeth Crosses. I know it’s a source of great pride and comfort to those left behind.”

James McManus (74), the brother of Leading Aircraftman Joseph McManus (19); and Robert Boyle Mathieson (60), the son of Private James Boyle (21), proudly accepted the medals and spoke poignantly of their loss and grief at a special ceremony held in the City Chambers last November.

The men were killed in separate road traffic accidents while deployed on that island mission. Joseph on 18 May 1956 near Nicosia and James on 17 November 1958 in Nicosia. They are buried at Wayne’s Keep, the British Military Cemetery, in Cyprus.

James recalled the shock of learning of his big brother’s death. “I was out in the back garden playing. I remember seeing my mother at the back door crying with a Telegram in her hand.

“Unfortunately the way things were in these days your parents didn’t tell you anything. I was just told he was dead. It was hard as an 11 year old to take in. It’s great to be here today after so long.”

Joseph, known as Joe, was born on 11 March 1937 to Peter and Annie McManus from Blantyre. His siblings: Ann, Margaret, Kathleen, Christine and James.

He was educated in Motherwell and Bishops Waltham before enlisting with the RAF on 10 June 1955 aged 18 years. Following completion of his basic training at RAF Hednesford in Staffordshire, he was posted to RAF Weeton in Lancashire. There he passed his trade tests qualifying him as an Aircraftman 1st Class in engine mechanics in November 1955.

Joe was assigned to 103 Maintenance Unit at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus on 21 December 1955 to support the RAF’s Middle and Far East operations. He was also regularly detached to the island’s other air base at Nicosia.

Bases that would become increasingly strategically important as the British Air Force pulled out of Egypt and converged on Cyprus.

Robert, the son of Pte Boyle, was less than six months old when his father died. He grew up knowing nothing about him. His mother Margaret, known as Greta, remarried. Robert took the name Mathieson as an infant. His stepdad was Alex Mathieson and the family lived in Castlemilk and Bridgeton.

Robert remembers coming across the Telegram about his dad’s death, when he was around four years old. However, no-one spoke about him. It was only by chance, listening to the radio, he learned about the Cyprus Emergency Peace Keeping Force and heard his father’s name. Allowing him to finally piece together fragments of his past.

Robert also revealed he’d only recently found out his father had brothers and sisters: Margaret, Elle, Mary, Dominic, Thomas, Henry and Francis. The children of John and Elizabeth Boyle.

Robert, who runs the Kilt Centre in Hamilton, said: “This medal is the catalyst to continue my investigations into my father’s past. I’m looking forward to finding out more”.

Pte Boyle was born in October 1935 and joined up aged 21 years. He was posted to 5 Training Battalion, Blenheim Barracks, Aldershot, for basic training in February 1957.

And later assigned to the 42nd Company, Royal Army Service Corps, 1st Transport Column deployed to Cyprus.

Les Smith (80) from Lancashire, who also served in Cyprus, with the Royal Horse Guards (The Blues), is trying to track down relatives of the 372 young men who died during the 1955 to 1959 Emergency. Including 47 men who came from Scotland.

He’s seeking the next of kin of:

Pte George Cullen (18), from Glasgow. Served with the Highland Light Infantry. Killed in an accident on 8 June 1956.

Driver James Duncan Neil (19), from Glasgow. Served with the RAS. Died in an accident on 25 September 1956. Body returned home for burial

Sgt Alexander Stuart Sutton (39) from Kelvingrove, Glasgow. Served with the RAF. Died in an accident on 27 May 1956.

Cpl George Fergusson (20) from Govan, Glasgow. Served with RAF Nicosia. Died on 27 March 1959.

If you can help Les please contact him at cyprusveterans@gmail.com