Sep 282013

Teapot Trust LogoPaddy Cuthbert (East Linton), Rob Begg (Lasswade) and Joss Mitchell (East Saltoun) are about to test themselves to the limits on a fund-raising coastal trail run in East Lothian – The Teapot 45.

First thing today (28 September) the ‘40 plus’ year olds will set out to run the 45-mile route of the John Muir Way, in one go, in aid of The Teapot Trust, a Scottish (Cockenzie based) charity that provides essential art therapy to children battling with lengthy and life-threatening medical conditions in hospitals around Scotland.

Paddy Cuthbert said:

Having never even completed a marathon before I thought I would make things a lot tougher for myself by going for a serious ultra-marathon distance first time out. Remarkably Rob and Joss, who have both suffered the New York Marathon, volunteered to join me.

Rob Begg said:

We have gone for a test worthy of support from friends, family and work colleagues. Reality has now firmly set in and 45 miles is a scarily long way. It is for an extremely good cause and we can’t wait to get started.

Joss Mitchell added:

We’ll be running the full 45 mile route of the John Muir Way in one go and knowing that we have sponsorship for The Teapot Trust riding on this challenge will keep us motivated to reach the finish line, no matter how long it takes us.

The three ‘runners’ have raised just over £3000 of their £7000 target so far and they welcome any donation, even a few pounds, at Every penny of the money raised will go towards funding a qualified art therapist at Scottish children’s hospitals for a year.

Perhaps you would also like to join the trio on their run on foot or on a bike? They are aiming at 10 to 12 minute miles for the duration so a few miles should be manageable for most. If you want to join them or just cheer from the sidelines just get in touch through the Teapot 45 Facebook page –

Rob, Paddy and Joss have a strong support crew headed up by local entrepreneur Anthony Stodart (Kingston), who runs successful online outdoor clothing firm Ardmoor based at Fenton Barns. The trio also recently found out that they are staging their John Muir Way challenge on the 175th anniversary year of John Muir’s birth in Dunbar, East Lothian.

Art therapy helps children cope with long term and life threatening medical conditions. It provides a way for children with long term health problems to express and deal with their anxiety, anger, upset and other difficult feelings. Using non-verbal communication through the creative process, art therapy often leads to being able to access words and share worries, helping children to gain confidence, feel more in control and cope with their condition. For more information on The Teapot Trust go to –

Sep 182013

Police ScotlandPolice in East Lothian are appealing for witnesses following a serious road collision in Dunbar.

The incident happened around 10.15am today (Wednesday) in Edinburgh Road, West Barns.

A Vauxhall Antara was involved in a collision with a bus, which subsequently struck a residential property which fortunately, was unoccupied at the time.

Road Policing Officers closed the road while they conducted an investigation and fire and ambulance service were also in attendance.

Seven people suffered various injuries and were taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for treatment.

Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this incident are ongoing any anyone with information that can assist police with their investigation is asked to come forward

Road Policing Inspector Andy Amour said:

This has caused significant disruption in the area and we are awaiting further confirmation as to the nature of the injuries sustained by those involved.

Our enquiries into exactly what happened are continuing and we are keen to speak with other motorists or members of the public who were in Edinburgh Road and witnessed the collision.

Similarly, anyone with any further information relevant to this incident is also asked to contact police immediately.

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Sep 162013

Last week was International Suicide Prevention Week. Following the success of the interviews we hosted last year, Radio Saltire was keen to take up the invitation from Brian Glass of CHANGES CHP in Musselburgh to try and raise awareness of this often difficult subject.

You can now listen to all 4 discussions using the widget below. Please note that discussions 2 and 4 are in two parts.

Suicide Prevention Week on Mixcloud

Discussion 1 (Tuesday) – Brian talks about the latest stats and introduces the discussions taking place later in the week.

Discussion 2 (Wednesday) – Brian is joined by Gary Smith from CHANGES and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer to discuss how suicide can affect adults and how we can intervene when we are worried.

Discussion 3 (Thursday) – Brian is joined by Charmian Currie from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team (NHS Lothian). Charmian is also an ASIST trainer that specialises in working with children and adolescents.

Discussion 4 (Friday) – Brian is joined by Debbie someone who has first hand experience of suicidal thoughts, feelings and attempts, she chats about her experiences and her thinking. She discusses how she got help and why she knew that talking about her feelings would help.


If you are worried about someone or you are thinking about suicide, you can use the details below to talk to someone that can help.

*Unfortunately Mixcloud’s Widgets do not function properly on mobile devices. Please download the app for your device and then search for “RSaltire”

Sep 122013

Loretto RugbyLoretto School’s Rugby continues to go from strength to strength and this is evidenced not only in their successful tour of South Africa this summer, but more recently last weekend (Saturday, 7th September) when they did much to resurrect the oldest Anglo – Scottish 1st XV fixture, first played 1889.

Loretto School travelled to Sedbergh School in Cumbria to take part in a round robin warm up tournament against the Rugby academies of Sale Sharks, Newcastle Falcons and Sedbergh. In keeping with the spirit of the warm up tournament no scores were kept or conversions taken. The Loretto 1st XV put together three fine performances which have now ensured that the Loretto 1st XV will play Sedbergh 1st XV in early October.

Whilst other Scottish independent schools are struggling to put out sides to play competitive rugby, this is not the case for Loretto School who this season have continued to strengthen their fixture list, providing opportunities for players of all abilities; be they A team or C team players to play competitive sport. Sedbergh, Gosforth, Durham, Myerscough and Yarm having now been added to the fixture list and the 1st VII will travel to Rosslyn Park in March to participate in the largest schoolboy Rugby Seven-a-side competition in the world.

Loretto School’s Director of Rugby David Griffiths said,

I am pleased with the progress the school is making, not just at 1st XV level and look forward to this continuing under the guidance of the excellent coaches that work within the school. With the prep school sports festival being held on the 29th September, I look forward to seeing our junior sides match our seniors for effort and positive attitude.

Jonathan Hewat, Director of External Affairs at Loretto School added,

We are delighted to have resurrected Loretto School’s 1st XV fixture against Sedbergh. First played  1889, this is a historic fixture and indeed was the first schoolboy fixture between a Scottish and English side.

The photograph above shows Loretto 1st XV captain, Angus Oatts(17 from Oban) and Loretto’s new Director of Rugby, Mr David Griffiths, with the ball used in the centenary match between Loretto and Sedbergh Schools in 1989.

Sep 062013

During Suicide Prevention Week (September 9th – 15th 2013) and in association with CHANGES Community Health Project, East Lothian Council and Choose Life, Radio Saltire will be broadcasting a series of short discussions focusing on Suicide and Suicide Prevention.

All discussions will be broadcast live at 9.30am during the RS Breakfast Show.

Tuesday 10th

Brian Glass, Suicide Prevention Training Co-ordinator for East Lothian, will cover the latest suicide statistics for Scotland and how they effect us all. Talk about why we need to be vigilant even though the county saw a fall in numbers and give an introduction to the other discussions taking place during the week.

Wednesday 11th

Gary Smith, Project Co-ordinator at CHANGES and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer, will discuss with Brian the trigger factors for adults, what we can expect to see in someone at risk and what we can do about it.

Thursday 12th

Charmian Currie from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team, who is an expert in Teenage Mental Health and an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer, will discuss with Brian the trigger factors in teenagers. What signs we can expect to see in a teenager at risk and what we can do about it.

Friday 13th

“Debbie”, someone who has first hand experience of suicidal thoughts, feelings and attempts, will chat about her experiences and her thinking. She will discuss how she got help and why she knew that talking about her feelings would help. Brian will also give a round-up of local and national services to contact if we are worried about someone or if someone is suicidal.

Worried About Someone?

If anyone is worried about someone or if  you yourself are thinking about suicide then you should either:

  • Speak to their/your General Practitioner
  • NHS 24 (if out of hours) – 08454 24 24 24
  • Call The Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90
  • Call Breathing Space – 0800 83 85 87


Sep 012013

Radio Saltire IconRadio Saltire launches 1/9/13!

Today’s the day that we say goodbye to East Lothian FM and HELLO to Radio Saltire. It’s been a busy few months for our team. Brand new studios in Tranent, lots of upgraded equipment, new volunteers and a new name to boot. It’s amazing that we managed the time to take a breath!

Competition Time

The next few days should be fun and to mark the occasion, we thought we’d add a little competition!

The web team think that a few of our presenters are a little too stuck in their ways. So tell us how many times you hear our presenters using our old name this week and we’ll pop your name in the hat for a prize 😉

Email with your guess and as soon as we acquire some goodies to give away, we’ll send something to the first few names out the hat.

In the meantime, enjoy Radio Saltire. xx