Apr 292013

Tony BEast Lothian FM’s very own Tony Bradford is running this year’s Edinburgh Half Marathon on Sunday 26th May 2013.

Now, without stating the obvious (YES – we know, he must be mad!), he is doing this for a reason.

That’s Right……MONEY!!

Tony’s fully intending to put himself through hell for MacMillan Cancer Support, so the web team think it’s only right that we ask you to support Tony. Especially since he’ll be pounding the streets of Edinburgh long before any of the web team even think about getting out of bed!

All you have to do is pop on over to:


You can donate any amount you want and every penny really counts.

More Info?

Macmillan Cancer Support know that the number of people with cancer is growing every day. They want to reach and improve the lives of every one of those people by providing practical, medical and financial support. They also push for better cancer care for everyone effected.


We’re sure you’ll agree, it’s an extrememly worthwhile cause. So why not support Macmillan and Tony by popping over to his Just Giving page!

If you want to know more about Tony B, check out his profile page and remember to tune in to Manic Monday, every Monday from 8pm. Only on East Lothian FM!

Running Man

Bogus Callers

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Apr 262013

Police ScotlandPolice Scotland is warning the public to remain vigilant following a series of bogus workmen and cold caller incidents across the Lothians this month.

Between April 1st and 17th a total of 17 reports have been made to local officers in East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian where, in particular, elderly members of the community were targeted.

In Midlothian, three incidents were reported, including one at an address in Woodburn Bank, Dalkeith on Friday 12th April.

The female resident at the property received a telephone call from a male claiming to be from Sky Television, who then requested some of her personal information. However, the woman refused and ended the call before contacting police.

A further three reports were made in East Lothian over this time, which officers continue to investigate.

In one of these incidents, two men approached a 75-year-old woman in Osborne Court, Cockenzie and offered to carry out work on her garden shed for a three-figure sum of cash.

The woman agreed and handed over a small deposit to the men for materials, on the understanding they would return the following day. However, neither man appeared and the matter was then reported to police.

During the first three weeks of April, 11 calls to police in West Lothian were made after bogus workmen called at a number of addresses within the county.

In Livingston, two men aged 22 and 36 were arrested and charged with alleged bogus workmen offences after a number of elderly residents paid large sums of money after having their driveways cleaned.

The men were scheduled to appear in court earlier this month.

While these incidents are not believed to be linked, police are asking communities to take the appropriate precautions and ensure they do not fall victim to a similar offence.

Detective Chief Inspector Amanda McGrath said:

In the past few weeks, the issue of bogus workmen and cold callers has proven to be a real concern for our communities across the Lothians, particularly elderly members of the public.

Often these criminals will attend at your door and offer to carry out a range of maintenance work for an agreed fee. However, the costs then increase or the work is done to a poor standard, or not at all.

The public are urged to ensure any company or individual carrying out work on their home is genuine by requesting to see identification or credentials and if not completely satisfied then contact police.

We would also like to remind people never to give out bank details or personal information over the telephone or online and only pay for goods or services through reputable channels.

Anyone wishing more information on keeping safe from bogus workmen or cold callers should contact their local policing team.

Apr 242013

Willie NelsonWillie NelsonAt the end of April Willie Nelson celebrates his 80th birthday. Rather than slowing down, he’s got lots of new ventures in the pipeline.

New Album

His new album Let’s Face the Music and Dance has just been released. It continues Willie’s free spirit approach to his music with pop and country standards, a new version of one of Willie’s own compositions and a couple of instrumentals played on his trusty guitar Trigger. It’s his 200 plus something album – even Willie’s lost count!

And A Book

His rollicking memoir Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die – Musings from the Road is currently in the New York Times best sellers list.

And More!

A seven time Grammy award winner Willie is working on new material for release in his 80th year including a possible collaboration with thrash metal band Megadeth, various re-issues and previously unreleased tracks.

Special Programme

Join Bill Black this Sunday at 7pm and celebrate the 80th birthday of the man and his music. Bill brings us a two hour Willie Nelson Special presented by Rodney Crowell and featuring Willie himself with members of his long time road band The Family recalling how it all came to be. Of course there’s lots of Willie’s music to enjoy as well!

Apr 242013

The week the Prestonpans Tapestry has been on view in the 400 year old Pinkie House at Loretto School in Musselburgh. The 104 metre long tapestry, the longest in the world, tells the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s journey from France to the victory at the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745. All 104 panels were sewn locally.

If you missed it, you’re in luck. East Lothian FM’s roving photographer Craig Gordon popped down to Musselburgh with his camera.

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Craig said his pictures couldn’t do justice to the artwork but hopefully you’ll get a flavour of how fantastic this work really is.


East Lothian FM would like to thank Loretto School for their help and co-operation during this exhibition.

Apr 242013

Sam MorrisSam Morris is a Singer/Songwriter from Edinburgh. He joined Donald T on Sat 20th of April to chat about his music, his journey and what his plans are for the future.

The interview includes the feature ‘How Smart is Sam Morris’ and a few live tracks too, big thanks for him coming in.

Track List

  1. Twisted Versions of the Truth – Sam Morris
  2. Life is a Soundtrack – Sam Morris
  3. I’ll Wait – cover


Apr 202013

Peter McCullochEast Lothian FM is delighted to welcome Peter McCulloch to the studio this week. He will join Hector for Brunch this Tuesday morning.

Peter told the web team:

It all started many years ago I would scribble the odd poem on scraps of paper. My first sense of reality and the thought that I had a wee touch of poetry, was a simple poem about the road over the Granites to Innerlethian where I had to work for a while. I have long since lost the poem but I can remember a couple of lines;

Over the hill’s and road’s uneven lies the town of Innerleithen.

About 12 years ago he approached the East Lothian Council about starting a writers group with a few others. Thanks to them it happened and a group was formed. Peter was a part of this for a few years before drifting on to pastures new.

Then followed a number of invitations to recite his poetry. Diverse Attractions, part of the Edinburgh Fringe, then his granddaughter’s playgroup on Burn’s Day:

There I was perched on this tiny yellow chair. It went well and at the end I was asked to sing “Ally Bally Bee”, but like most people I only knew the first verse so I was asked to sing it again!

Peter has self published two books (one may still be available in Kesley’s) and appeared in another created by the Museum of Flight. They put a poem book together named “Spirit of Flight” and launched it in the Hanger at the museum.

The Haddington Festival of 2012 approached Peter to write a poem about the long gone Kilspindie knitwear firm. Since he had worked there, Peter had no trouble finding inspiration for the work. As part of the festival, a film was made about the knitware firm and it’s history in the area. It was then shown in the John Gray Library. In fact, if you look in the John Gray Centre’s museum section, you can still find an image of a younger Peter McCulloch modelling Kilspinie Knitware!

Why not tune in on Tuesday morning and hear Peter telling his stories for himself. Brunch with Hector airs at 10am.