Monday, 27 October 2014

Perth and Kinross Council Evacuated

The Perth and Kinross Council HQ at 2 High Steet was evacuated this afternoon following reports of a smell of smoke. Two appliances attended but could fins no trace of any fire. The offices were evacuated for 45 minutes with traffic diverted for a short time.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Man Rescued From River Tay Perth

Picture here as used in The Courier and Evening Telegraph to cover the story of a man being rescued from the River Tay at Perth having gone for a swim while drunk.

Evening Telegraph Story - from the following day

The Courier Story - from the night of the rescue

Emergency Services at River Tay Rescue. Stuart Cowper Photography

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Perth River Tay Rescue

Words from The Courier who used my photo below:

Water rescue teams have rushed to Perth after a man was seen jumping from Queen’s Bridge.

Crews from the Scottish Fire and rescue Service were called at around 3.20pm on Tuesday to carry out a rescue on the Tay. Two appliances from Perth, along with the Technical / Water Rescue Unit were turned out. 

A male casualty was taken by ambulance to hospital. The incident is understood to be non-suspicious.

Pictures taken shortly after 3.35 as crews stood down. It was also around this time that the ambulance arrived on scene.

Belle Premiere At Perth Playhouse

Pictures here from the Perth Playhouse cinema as guests arrived for the Scottish Premiere of the film, Belle. The majority of the photos are of the Lord and Lady Stormont, and Master of Stormont with director, Amma Assante.

The film, which stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson and Miranda Richardson, tells the story of the mixed race daughter of a slave and a British admiral.  The only Dido Belle portrait known to exist hangs in the Ambassador’s Room at Scone Palace, which is currently running an exhibition entitled ‘Dido Belle – Her Story’ to coincide with the film’s release.

Amma Assante said: “I am extremely happy to be attending the Scottish premiere of this film at the invitation of Lord and Lady Stormont and the Hon William Murray. I am honoured to be visiting Perth, Lord Mansfield’s birthplace, and home of the extraordinary painting that inspired me to make this film.”

Dido Belle was born in the 18th Century to Sir John Lindsay, nephew of the 1st Earl of Mansfield, and the African slave Maria Belle. She was brought up under the care and protection of the 1st Earl of Mansfield, who was the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and whose family home was at Scone Palace.

The Hon William Murray, Master of Stormont and grandson of the current Earl of Mansfield, said: “We are tremendously excited that the film is premiering here in Perth and hope that the interest in the film, both nationally and internationally, will bring a boost to Scottish Tourism.”

Kirkin' of the Council 2014

Pictures here from the annual Kirkin' of the Council parade through Perth. As usual, the parade of councillors, with the Provost, Council Chief Executive and Lord Dean of the Guild at the front were led to St John's Kirk by the Perth and District Pipe band and flanked on each side by the Society of High Constables of Perth.

Full pictures here:

Earl and Countess of Strathearn Visit To Crieff

Pictures here as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn (the Scottish titles for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) visiting the Strathearn Community Campus in Crieff.

On arrival the royal couple were introduced to Perth and Kinross Provost, Liz Grant, by the Lord Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, Mel Jameson.

The Earl, spoke with members of the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance based at Perth and then spoke with members of the Air Training Corps, the Sea Cadets, the Black Watch Army Cadets and the Boys' Brigade.

The Countess spent most of her time speaking to young members of the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and was also presented with flowers by some of the school children.

Following their visit to the school, they also visited the Glenturret distillery and unveiled a plaque in MacRosty Park before heading to Forteviot Fete.

Perth & District Boys Brigade Parade Through Perth

Pictures here of the Perth & District Battalion Boys Brigade parading through Perth as part of the 130th Anniversary of the Boys Brigade celebrations. Following a knowledge hunt around the city, the boys then paraded from the North Church down the High Street to Perth Concert Hall where a civic reception was held. Provost Liz Grant both started the knowledge hunt and then addressed the boys and officers at the concert hall.

St Johnstone Scottish Cup Final Victory Parade

Following St Johnstone winning the Scottish Cup for the first time in their 130 year history, and at their first attempt, an open top bus victory parade took place through the streets of Perth. After leaving McDiarmid the bus took in much of Perth before arriving at the Concert Hall where the players and chairman took to the stage. Following this, a civic reception was held for the club at the Royal George Hotel.

Court of Deans of Guild Scotland Parade Perth

Pictures here of a parade through Perth as part of the AGM of the Court of Deans of Guild of Scotland. The AGM is hosted by the current Lord President, who is  Lord Dean of Guild of Perth Alastair H Anderson.

The short parade started at Perth Concert hall before going along Mill Street, Kinnoull Street, High Street, George Street and back to the Concert Hall.

The parade was led by Colonel Peter Little, 51st Highland 7th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Perth and District Pipe Band.

A number of the Society of High Constables of Perth flanked the parade as an honour guard.

The parade was part of a day of festivities is planned including a Civic Lunch hosted by the Provost; visits to the Old Council Chambers, Fair Maid’s House and Balhousie Castle; and ending in a dinner in St John's Kirk

In addition, Pipe Major of the Perth and District Pipe Band, Alistair Duthie was presented with a pipe banner by the Guildry Incorporation of Perth

See some photos below, or click here for the full collection

Saturday, 5 April 2014

M90 Car Fire - Perth

Pictures here from the scene on the exit of the Friarton Bridge onto the M90 where a car had caught fire. The car had caught fire shortly before 6.45pm, yesterday, Friday 4th March. These photos were taken shortly after 6.50 by which point the fire had been extinguished. There were no injuries and the car was recovered a short time later.

Three appliances from Perth turned out to the fire along with two police vans.