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New location proposed for Letham Post Office

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A new location has been proposed for a Post Office following the closure at the end of March of the Letham Post Office.

Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Perthshire South & Kinross-shire constituency, has received notification from the Post Office of plans to relocate Post Office services to the premises of Best One, 59 Jeanfield Road, following the closure at the end of March of the Letham Post Office, a spokesperson said.

Speaking this afternoon, Ms Cunningham said: “Obviously, it is disappointing that it was not thought possible to find someone who could take over the Letham Post Office at the Rannoch Road shops but I am pleased that there will now be Post Office services available in the local area once more, albeit almost a mile away from the original location.

“One particular point of concern for me is whether or not the ATM which was sited outside the old Post Office will be retained, either in situ or at the new location. This is a very important facility for Post Office card account customers who cannot use ATMs from other providers.

“Anyone who shares this or any other concern can take part in the online survey which is being carried out by the Post Office as part of their consultation on this change of location. The survey can be found at the Post Office Consultation Hub at postofficeviews.co.uk”

Emeli Sandé performs for Scotland’s young philanthropists

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Global superstar Emeli Sandé performed to more than 1000 young people who were being recognised for the difference they have made to their communities throughout Scotland.

The Youth & Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Scotland National Event took place at the Perth Concert Hall and guests were treated to an acoustic set from the multi-Brit Award-winning artist, as well as her thoughts on the importance of philanthropy and her own charitable work.

There were also performances from singer Callum Beattie and comedian Anna Devitt, as well as presentations from a number of schools.

Aberdeenshire-raised Emeli Sandé said:

“It was an honour to be invited to attend and perform at the YPI 10th anniversary event and to share the room with so many inspiring young people making a difference in their communities.

“YPI is a great platform to empower young people and equip them with the skills, attitude and outlook needed to thrive and contribute in the 21st century.”

YPI is the flagship initiative of The Wood Foundation. The event celebrated its 10th anniversary. In that time it has engaged 140,000 young people, channelling grants of £3.2m to hundreds of local charities.

Sir Ian Wood, Chairman of The Wood Foundation, said:

“It is wonderful to recognise the successes of young people over this past year, and across the full decade YPI has been active here in Scotland.

“We are incredibly proud of how the programme has empowered young people to have real impact in their communities, with 31,000 youngsters participating this year. YPI is often the starting point for lifelong philanthropy, engaging young people in social causes and committing to making change.

“We would like to offer our sincere thanks to Emeli Sandé who is a fantastic role model for everyone at the event, as well as our other performers and, most importantly, the inspirational young people who so confidently shared their YPI stories on stage today.”

YPI is an active citizenship programme which raises awareness among young people about philanthropy and the needs of their local communities. Each year every participating school is responsible for directing a £3000 YPI grant to a local charity through a unique programme of teamwork, research and competition. In the past year, more than 31,000 young people in 230 schools across each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities directed £700,000 in grants for causes they care about. A further 30 schools will adopt the programme which is one of the biggest and most successful initiatives being delivered in Scotland’s schools.

Solas Festival set for another fantastic year of music, arts and ideas.

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From June 22nd – 24th Solas Festival 2018 will take over The Bield in Perthshire for its annual celebration of music, arts & ideas.

The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Drift’ exploring internationalism, journeys, change and cultural fusion. The weekend-long event will see music from Scottish artists to performers who have travelled from around the world. As well as music we can expect a wide range of speakers and ideas, visual arts and performances, panels and so much more.

Music
Solas Festival has a huge bill of music performances with artists coming from far afield to play as well as local talent from around Scotland. 47Soul will be performing with a fusion of hip-hop and pop lyrics in both English and Arabic. Other acts set to take the stage are Adam Moffat & RM Hubbert, Tide Lines, Grace Petrie, Scottish Opera, Mary Ann Kennedy, Siobhan Wilson, LUCIA, Dancing on Tables, Real Life Entertainment and many many more.

You will not be stuck for choice at this year’s Solas Festival…there will be plenty opportunities to have a boogie!

Talks, workshops, panels & more…
Over the course of the weekend there will be talks, panels and informed debates from a variety of speakers. With speakers from arts, sciences, politics and humanities discussing a huge range of topics. You can hear from the likes of Professor Sir John Curtice, Mike Russell, Lesley Orr, UNESCO Chair Professor Alison Phelps to name a few. Gameli Tordzro will be hosting workshops on storytelling, music and graffiti and that’s just the cherry on top!

I was very lucky to attend Solas Festival last year as a volunteer (I was the one walking around asking questions and interviewing people- nothing changes). Solas is a family friendly festival, a home away from home, an all inclusive and creative space. A festival where me and my 20-odd-year-old friends were welcomed to dance and sing the night away with families, performers, artists and organisers. Where we spent an afternoon playing catch and rounders in the sun with people we had never met before, a weekend fuelled by bubbles, bright colours and boogie-ing.

For full line-up and tickets visit their website >>http://www.solasfestival.co.uk/

I will be heading out to Solas again this year so make sure to stop by and say hello and stay up to date with all of the fun on our social media channels!

Photo Credit: Stephanie Gibsons

Death of a man found at Kinnordy Nature Reserve being treated as suspicious

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Police Scotland is treating the death of a man whose body was found at Kinnordy Nature Reserve near to Kirriemuir today (Thursday 7 June) as suspicious.

The body was found by a member of the public at 5 am on the 7th of June, 2018.

The Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent James Smith of the Major Investigation Team said :

‘We are treating the death of the man as suspicious and investigations are being carried out to establish the full circumstances surrounding his death.

‘Enquiries are underway to establish the identity of the man and trace his next of kin.

‘A member of the public alerted police that the body of a man had been found in the car park of Kinnordy Nature Reserve in the early of hours of Thursday morning.

‘I would appeal to anyone who was in this area between Tuesday 5th June and Thursday 7th June and saw anything suspicious to come forward.

‘We are particulary keen to hear from anyone who was driving in the area between these dates, and has a dash cam. You may have captured footage which may be useful to our enquiries and we would like to hear from you.

‘Officers have been stationed on the B951 Kirriemuir to Kirkton of Kingoldrum road, this evening speaking to motorists and members of the public to establish if they have witnessed anything suspicious on the road or surrounding areas either yesterday or the early hours of this morning.

‘A review of CCTV is underway, along with house to house enquiries.

‘There will continue to be a police presence in the area whilst our enquiries are being carried out’.

Three men charged following assault in Perth

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Three men charged in connection with attempted murder at South Street, Perth on Sunday.

A spokesperson from Police Scotland said: “

Police Scotland can confirm that three men aged 21, 22, and 23 have been arrested and charged in connection with the attempted murder of a 35 year old man at South Street, Perth on Sunday 3 June.

A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal and they are expected to appear at Perth Sheriff Court tomorrow (Thursday 7 June).”

Win weekend camping tickets for Rewind Festival 2018

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Rewind Festival has announced the epic line up for their 10-year anniversary extravaganza with more acts on the bill and vibrant entertainment than ever before across nine days.

Legendary acts confirmed to perform include The Jacksons, Kool & The Gang, Status Quo, OMD and Bonnie Tyler.

Ever since Rewind made its glittery debut at Henley-on-Thames in 2009, over 140 acts have graced the stage playing countless hours of hits that have soundtracked and shaped a generation. As of 2014, the hugely popular festival has expanded to three different locations, rapidly becoming the highlight of the year for thousands of devoted fans.

Rewind has celebrated the careers of beloved legends such as Rick Astley, Bananarama, Jason Donovan, Kim Wilde, Boy George, and many more. This year’s line up sees the return of the stars who graced the stage at the inaugural festival including Kim Wilde, Midge Ure, Nik Kershaw, Heaven 17, Billy Ocean, Howard Jones, T’Pau, Doctor and The Medics, and China Crisis.

Kim Wilde said: “I always look forward to the amazing Rewind audiences, still loving the 80s and making us all feel 21 again! Rewind have always made sure the audience comes first, and have created a safe and fun playground for families and people of all ages. The atmosphere at Rewind is the best I’ve ever experienced and I’m always so proud to be on stage singing with all the artistes who’s records I still have in my vinyl collection. Happy 10 Years Rewind, you’ve done us all proud!”

Nik Kershaw said: “I’ve loved being part of the Rewind family and am thrilled to be performing at this year’s 10th anniversary gathering on Temple Island Meadows. Happy birthday Rewind South. Let’s make it a big one!”

Francis Rossi of Status Quo said: “The band are big fans of the Rewind Festivals, there’s always a great atmosphere and a welcoming crowd, so we can’t wait to take to the stage at Rewind Scotland and play some of everyone’s favourite Quo classics! See you there!”

Toyah Willcox said: “There is nothing quite like Rewind. The atmosphere is electric every time. So many brilliant artists on one stage in front of the happiest, bopping festivalgoers. My favourite memories? Holly Johnson, Marc Almond, Jimmy Somerville, The Quo and many more. I’ve played many times and loved every moment, but Henley 2016 will always stick in my mind. On one of the rare occasions it rained, to witness 20,000 umbrellas pogoing up and down was a joy! Rewind proves great music is eternal.”

Carol Decker of T’Pau,said: “In 2009 I performed at the very first ever Rewind Festival in Henley on Thames. It was so exciting to help launch a new festival celebrating the fantastic era T’pau was so much a part of. I live locally so it was a very special, personal experience. My children aged 10 and 7 at the time came on stage with me and waved to their school friends and neighbours. I am delighted to take the stage again in 2018 and celebrate Rewind’s 10th anniversary.”

Howard Jones said: “I always look forward to playing the Rewind festivals. The fans give all the artists such a warm reception. I’ve seen so many brilliant performances over the years; The Boomtown Rats and Heaven 17 to name just two and I look forward to many more this year!”

The Doctor of Doctor & The Medics said: “Performing at Rewind is always phenomenal, but I have also been lucky enough to compere at a number of them. As compere, you get time to really know the crowd, crew, artists and everyone involved. The overwhelming feeling you get is one of togetherness with a unique energy and vibrancy that makes it very special to be part of. From the stage, the crowd presents an amazing spectacle; so much so that a new word has entered the English vocabulary… Rewinders! And I am proud to be amongst them. So come and Rewind with us!”

There is no decade like the 80s – the music, the fashion, the energy and spirit continue to influence every facet of popular culture. Its impact has never been more profound than now in the festival’s tenth year.

Event organiser, Katt Alexander at Broadwick Live says: “The Rewind team is really excited to stage the 10th edition of the festival and celebrate our birthday up and down the country at all three festivals with our fantastic crowd. With a line up packed full of iconic artists proving that this music really is forever, 2018’s events promise to build on the huge popularity of the festival to date. Alongside favourite music, we will be taking the festival to new heights with more performances, entertainment and experiences than ever before.”

Fancy winning a pair of camping tickets for the whole weekend?

All you need to do is follow us on @PerthGazette and enter a second entry by following @Perth and you can enter a third entry by following us on Instagram at @perthgazette

Competiton closes on the 11th of July, 2018 at 5 pm, the winner will be announced on the 12th of July, publicly on our social media channels. This competition is not endorsed or affiliated with Twitter and Instagram, full competition terms can be found here and our privacy notice here.

The chosen winner will be required to provide proof they were following at the time before the competition closed for a valid entry.

 

Friday 20 July
FOREVER STAGE: Magic Nostalgic, Hipsway and more live music.
DISCO DEN: Silent Disco, UV Ceilidh, and more on site.

Saturday 21 July
MAIN STAGE: OMD, Gipsy Kings, Martha Wash, Odyssey, Roland Gift, Tiffany, Kim Appleby, Howard Jones, Peter Hook & The Light, Roachford, The Skids.
FOREVER STAGE: Martin Kemp (DJ set), Eight Ray Music Presents…, Ray Guns Look
Real Enough, and more.
DISCO DEN: Silent Disco, Musical Bingo, John Leather’s 80s Movie Disco, Bang Bang’s Big Breakfast, and more.

Sunday 22 July
MAIN STAGE: Status Quo, Bonnie Tyler, Midge Ure, Heaven 17, Imagination, A Flock of Seagulls, Wendy James of Transvision Vamp, UB40, The Boomtown Rats, The Selecter, Hue & Cry.
FOREVER STAGE: Rhythm of The 90s, Reginald D Hunter, Daisy Earl, Janey Godley, Magic Nostalgic, Eight Ray Music Presents…, Ray Guns Look Real Enough, Rock Choir and more.
DISCO DEN: Silent Disco, Musical Bingo, John Leather’s 80s Movie Disco, Bang Bang’s Big Breakfast, Guilty Pleasure Presents…, and more.

Perth youngsters to take to stage at national event

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St John’s Academy students will present to an audience of 1000 of their peers at the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Scotland’s National Event in June.

The group will present the impact the programme has had on the school and wider community. The YPI National Event is one of the largest youth gatherings in Scotland and will be headlined by global superstar and philanthropist Emeli Sande.

Jonathan Christie is Deputy UK Director at The Wood Foundation which delivers the YPI programme. He said: “YPI is all about empowering young people and giving them the skills and confidence to advocate on behalf of causes they truly care about. We have been greatly impressed by the students from St John’s Academy this year and are delighted they will be sharing their story on the stage.”

Earlier this year, St John’s Academy secured £3000 for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.

As well as 1000 youngsters who won grants for their chosen charities in the past academic year, the audience will also include politicians, education professionals, charity representatives and corporate partners of the programme.

YPI is the most successful independent initiative being delivered in schools in Scotland. This year alone, 31,000 young people took part and £700,000 was channelled to causes championed by them.

Students across an entire year group are split into teams and tasked with researching a social issue they care about and identifying a charity which addresses that cause. They then develop and deliver presentations in a bid to secure a place in the final when one team will eventually win the £3000 grant.

The event takes place on Wednesday 20th June at Perth Concert Hall.

Serious assault in Perth

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Police Scotland are investigating a serious assault in Perth.

A spokesperson from Police Scotland said: “Police Scotland are currently investigating a serious assault that occurred in South Street area of Perth around 01:20 hours this morning (Sunday 3rd June). The 35 year old male victim sustained injuries to his head and body and is currently being treated in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.

It is believed that three suspects were involved in the incident and anybody who witnessed the assault, or has any information in relation to it are asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.”

Perth band Empire make it to the final of WestFest Battle of the Bands

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Perth band Empire make it to the grand final of WestFest Battle of the Bands 2018, taking place tonight in Dundee.

The final taking place tonight at Church in Dundee will see 6 Scottish bands take to the stage to compete for a main stage slot at WestFest, a mastered EP and 10 hours rehearsal time. WestFest Battle of the Bands has been running on various nights since 16th March, seeing 48 bands from across Scotland showcasing their talent to be in with a chance of winning.

Playing for the prize tonight is Dundee’s Ruvellas, OHRIO and Saint-Louie, Kirkcaldy band Gentlemen Jackals, Bad Actress from the Highlands and Perth band Empire. Empire being the only band from Perth left in the competition.

Empire, who have been working on their set since 2014, formed their full line up in spring last year. They have a lot of exciting work lined up with an EP on the way and a music video. They have been working extremely hard to get to the final and have also informed their Facebook followers yesterday they have sold out of their ticket allocation for tonight.

Gary Clark, Empire, said “We want to thank every band we’ve played with so far! There’s been a hell of a lot of strong competition and it just makes us all the more grateful to be in the final stage!”

If you can then get down to watch the final and if not make sure to show the Perth band some love, good luck and well done!

General Sale tickets available here | Doors @ 6. 30 pm | £5

Secretary of State visits to discuss Tay Cities Deal

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The Rt Hon David Mundell, Secretary of State, and Luke Graham MP today met Council Leader Murray Lyle and senior officers to discuss the Tay Cities Deal.

The plans are to transform Perth City Hall into a major cultural attraction. City Hall is also the proposed location for the Stone of Destiny, should Perth & Kinross Council be successful in their request to house the iconic stone a spokesperson said.

Cllr Lyle said:  “Following today’s announcement of the City Deal for Stirling and Clackmannanshire, it was a pleasure to be able to discuss the benefits a Cities Deal for Tayside could bring to the area with the Secretary of State. Culture is at the heart of our plans for growth, and City Hall will be transformed into a high quality attraction, housing a collection of national significance. We are also seeking Cities Deal funding for projects such as the Creative Exchange, which will see the former St John’s Primary School reborn as a start-up hub for local creative businesses. Together with the V&A in Dundee, we aim to make Tayside a must-visit destination.”

The deal is also to deliver more jobs and a secure investment that will help attract and retain jobs.

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