Sunday, 10 February 2008

Busman's Holiday

Jamie and I were in Pitlochry this weekend, with our friends Gareth Finn and Bill Kidd. We were combining a weekend break in a beautiful part of Scotland, with some campaigning in the council by-election there. The by-election is a result of the untimely death of Eleanor Howie - a much loved SNP councillor. Her sister Kate Howie has been selected as the SNP candidate to contest the Highland Perthshire ward.
This weekend was the first time I met Kate, and I was very impressed with her - she is absolutely lovely and sharp as a razor too. She is obviously dedicated to her community, and already well known and liked. She will make an excellent councillor for the area.
Saturday was spent knocking doors in Pitlochry itself, and it was great to get such a warm reception. We were invited in to so many houses! Our candidate in the recent by-election, Claire Fyvie, was also up to lend a hand - along with Cllr David Key. We all agreed that it was great to be out campaigning, and for it not to be raining - as it did practically every day of the Kilsyth by-election! Anyway, that's me in the picture above, with my canvass pack - on a quick break.
Today was spent distributing leaflets in Kinloch Rannoch and Tummel Bridge - in beautiful surroundings. And we did take the time to enjoy the sites on the campaign trail, courtesy of our local hostess and my friend Elaine Wylie. Jamie is pictured above at Killiecrankie, en route.
I'm looking forward to taking another break in Pitlochry soon. From the B&B we stayed in, to the warm welcome from local shopkeepers and the picturesque town itself, Pitlochry really is a great destination - and only a short train journey away from the central belt. No, I'm not angling for a job with visitscotland!

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