Scottish councils and businesses pay thousands hiring celebrities

Sir Chris Hoy, Mark Wright and Tinchy Stryder Sir Chris Hoy appeared free and Mark Wright and Tinchy Stryder received payment

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Councils and local businesses in Scotland spent at least £26,000 hiring celebrities for Christmas events.

Reality star Mark Wright was paid £7,000 to turn on the festive lights in Perth and received a further undisclosed fee for an event in Irvine.

However, the research by BBC Scotland found some big names were willing to give their services free, including Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy.

Councils say booking celebrities attracts crowds and boosts the economy.

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Looking at these statistics, we are very proud of the decisions we took to hire well-known artists that would attract people to the city centre”

End Quote Ian Miller Leader of Perth and Kinross Council

Wright, who appeared in the ITV2 programme The Only Way is Essex, was just one celebrity booked by Perth and Kinross Council.

The council hired pop band, Eric Faulkner's Bay City Rollers, at a cost of £2,995 and Britain's Got Talent finalists Luminites, who were paid £5,000.

Ian Miller, leader of Perth and Kinross Council, defended the sum of money saying the Christmas event on Saturday, 23 November, attracted thousands to the city.

He explained: "The figures really are astonishing when you look at them — about 90,000 people visited Perth on the Saturday. Footfall was up 73% on last year and on St John Street was up 206%.

"During the peak hour, which was 5pm to 6pm when the lights switch-on took place featuring Mark Wright, we had 26,000 people in the city centre.

"Looking at these statistics, we are very proud of the decisions we took to hire well-known artists that would attract people to the city centre."

However fellow Perth and Kinross Councillor John Flynn believed the expense of hiring a celebrity was not justified.

Fee or free?

  • Reality star Mark Wright was paid £7,000 to turn on the festive lights in Perth and received a further undisclosed fee for an event in Irvine.
  • Eric Faulkner's Bay City Rollers cost £2,995 to perform in Perth
  • Britain's Got Talent finalists Luminites were paid £5,000 for their Perth appearance.
  • R&B artist Tinchy Stryder and indie rock band The View picked up a fee totalling £11,000 to perform at an event in Paisley.
  • Britain's Got Talent winner Jai McDowall received an undisclosed fee for an event in Ayr town centre.
  • Celtic manager Neil Lennon was the free star turn at Lennoxtown Primary school.
  • Comedian Sanjeev Kohli was paid only travel expenses to take part in the Milngavie switch on event.
  • Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy switched on the lights in Edinburgh without picking up a fee

He told BBC Scotland: "He may have pulled a few more people in but I think it would have been a successful day without Mark Wright.

"I do not think that a personality is as important as the event. I think it could have been anybody who switched on the lights and the people would have come irrespective of that."

In Paisley, local businesses spent £11,000 hiring R&B artist Tinchy Stryder and indie rock band The View to perform at the town's festive lights switch on.

Renfrewshire Council allocated £124,000 of the council's general budget to putting on the event in Paisley, as well as separate light switch-on events in Renfrew and Johnstone.

Former Britain's Got Talent winner Jai McDowall appeared and performed at a light switch on event in Ayr town centre after the scheduled act, former X Factor winner Matt Cardle, was forced to pull out at the last minute.

However, Zisys Events, the production company hired by South Ayrshire Council to run the event, would not disclose how much McDowall or any of the other performers received.

A spokesman for the company explained it would not be comfortable revealing such commercially sensitive information.

Outline of family taking photo of Christmas tree Some Scottish councils have not spent any money on Christmas or Hogmanay events

Irvine Special Events Forum, a volunteer group funded by grants and donations which also engaged reality star Wright's services at its event, also refused to reveal how much he had been paid.

However, it said it was able to hire Wright because one of its committee members had struck "a special deal" with the reality star's agent.

Ian Clarkson, chairman of the forum and a North Ayrshire Councillor, said the celebrity's services helped to attract 10,000 people to the event in Irvine town centre.

He added: "It was only because the businesses came on board that we were able to have a celebrity. But seeing the way the crowd reacted to Mark Wright convinced me that it was worth while - this time."

Hoy 'honoured'

The BBC found that some big names were happy to help open Christmas events without a fee.

Lennoxtown Primary school's Parent Teacher Association secured the services of Celtic manager Neil Lennon free of charge and actor and comedian Sanjeev Kohli was paid only travel expenses to take part in the Milngavie switch on event run by the area's Business Improvement District.

Edinburgh Council also managed to make savings, with Olympic gold medallist, Sir Chris Hoy, agreeing to attend its £140,000 "Light Night" event, "purely for the honour of turning on the lights in his home town".

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    The BBC's Tony Nellany captured the moment volunteers continued to sing and dance and carry out an impromptu flag carrying procession.

    Silver Scots 13:48:

    Scotland was guaranteed its first medals after sisters Kimberley and Louise Renicks reached their finals at the Commonwealth Games judo event.

    The sisters were quickly followed by Stephanie Inglis, who has reached the -57kg final.

    Kimberley Renicks

    Kimberley Renicks was first to win her semi-final in the -48kg event.

    Sister Louise will face another Scotland-based athlete, Kelly Edwards, who fights for England, for the gold medal in the -52kg final.

    However, it means that both are guaranteed as least a silver.

    Royal visit 13:38: Via Twitter

    Claire Gill tweeted us: Hockey fun at Glasgow 2014. We even saw the Queen!

    The Queen watches the hockey

    Tweet us your pics at #ScotlandLive, or email them to

    Goldrush begins 13:27:

    The first gold medal of the Games has been won by England's Jodie Stimpson in the triathlon. Congratulations Jodie!

    Jodie Stimpson
    Celtic 'fan' out of Games 13:19:

    Lomalito Moala, the Tongan who wore a Celtic strip at the Opening Ceremony of Glasgow 2014, has posted a message on his Twitter account revealing he will not compete at the Commonwealth Games.

    Lomalito Moala

    The boxer said he didn't make the weigh-in.

    When Kieran met David 13:10:

    Kieran is a 15-year-old from Wick. He suffers from Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair.

    Kieran and David Weir sat next to each other

    On a trip to Glasgow, he toured some of the venues for Glasgow 2014 for a BBC Newsbeat report.

    Watch the moment the budding journalist was surprised by his hero - six-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir.

    International reaction 13:01:

    What did the world think of the Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony?

    John Barrowman at the opening ceremony

    Find out here in our round-up.

    Tough competition? 12:49:

    Tonight's 200m breaststroke final has just hotted up significantly after Team Scotland bagged a one, two, three finish in the heats at Tollcross.

    Michael Jamieson, who hopes to win gold later, came second to teammate Ross Murdoch, who set a new Games record of 2:08:78.

    Macdonald to sing at Ryder Cup concert 12:23:

    Scottish singer Amy Macdonald will perform with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at a special concert to mark the Ryder Cup.

    Amy Macdonald

    The USA and Europe teams will be at the event at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 24 September.

    Kenny progresses in track cycling 12:16: Via Twitter Alistair Bruce-Ball Cycling commentator

    tweets: Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes, Matt Crampton (Eng), Callum Skinner (Sco) & Lewis Oliva (Wal) all through to next rnd of men's sprint

    Disappointment for Ramsay 12:11: Via Twitter Keir Murray BBC Sport Scotland

    tweets: My heart's aching for Connie Ramsay, who lost -57kg quarter-final v Canada's Jessica Klimkait. She gives everything to judo. Bronze maybe?

    Keeping Glasgow moving 12:03:

    Police Scotland, the army and 15,000 volunteers are in Glasgow to help keep the host city running.

    Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games

    Read more about the logistical operation in place for the Games.

    Medal alerts to your phone 11:52:

    If you want to know who wins when at Glasgow 2014, check out the BBC Sport app. Here is a guide on how to set up the alerts on your phone.

    Bowls banter 11:41: Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    As Norfolk Island begin their lawn bowls campaign today against Canada, read the story of the island's sports minister Tim Sheridan who has left his briefcase at home and will take part in his third Games in Glasgow.

    You can watch the lawn bowls competition live.

    Bring it on... 11:30:

    Stuart Brown sent us this selfie with his wife Rachel and daughter Phoebe as they wait for the gymnastics to start at the Hydro.

    Stuart, Rachel and Phoebe brown

    Tweet us your pics using #ScotlandLive, or email them here.

    Scottish clubs in action 11:23:

    Three Scottish clubs are in action tonight in second legs of Europa League qualifying.

    Motherwell will be in Iceland to play UMF Stjarnan, with the first leg finishing 2-2. Kick-off is at 20:15.

    Motherwell vs UMF Stjarnan

    St Johnstone, meanwhile, are at home to FC Luzern after drawing 1-1 with the Swiss last week. The action gets under way at 19:45.

    Finally, Aberdeen are in Holland to play FC Groningen. The sides played out a goalless draw in the first game. Kick-off for that one is at 18:30.

    There will be updates of all three games Radio Scotland and the BBC Sport website.

    Opening ceremony - your views 11:17: Via Email

    James in Glasgow: The opening ceremony definitely gave a very warm welcome to all our visitors and made a great impression for the city on the world stage. I'm a very proud Glaswegian today! PS: Are there any Scottie dogs still for sale in Scotland?!?

    Steve Bruns tweeted: Embarrassing is the word that springs to mind.

    Alex Gray tweeted: I loved the Opening: great to see such variety esp my favourite musician, Nicola Benedetti.

    Great Scotties 11:05:

    The wee Scottie dogs that stole the show as they accompanied each nation around Celtic Park at the opening ceremony have become an internet sensation.

    Scottie dog

    Fans have been taking to Twitter - of course, they now have their own hashtag, #ScottieDogs - to show their love. And it seems some of the canines lived up to their breed's reputation for stubbornness.

    Jacqui McKinnon told BBC Breakfast her pet Jock unexpectedly staged a sit-down protest.

    She said: "The dogs dealt with it really well; it's just Jock decided he wasn't walking. As soon as I put his Malaysia coat on he thought 'I'm sitting down'. So Jock was the one who was carried around the Celtic stadium."

    Miley sets Commonwealth record 10:54:

    Hannah Miley has qualified for the 400m Individual Medley final after winning her heat at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

    Miley set a Commonwealth record to win the race with a time of 4:38.27. The final will take place just after 19:00 tonight.

    You can watch the swimming heats live on the BBC Sport website.

    Unicef appeal reaches £3.1m 10:47:

    The fundraising appeal for children's charity Unicef made during the opening ceremony of the Games has reached £3.1m.

    James McAvoy and Chris Hoy

    More than 500,000 people in the UK responded after watching an appeal by James McAvoy and Sir Chris Hoy at Celtic Park.

    A total of 595,000 people have made donations by text alone, Unicef UK said, with many more contributing online.

    Millions tuned in 10:33: Via Twitter BBC Scotland

    tweets: Last night's coverage of the #Glasgow2014 #OpeningCeremony was watched by a peak audience of 9.4m on @BBCOne!! #bbcglasgow2014

    Opening ceremony - your views 10:24: Via Email

    Ray: The Opening Ceremony had warmth, humour and inclusivity in its organization. Loved it. It was also great to see John Barrowman pronouncing to the world through his same sex kiss, that it's safe to be LGBT in Scotland. Bravo Glasgow, Bravo Scotland, Bravo John Barrowman.

    Lorna: Wonderful event. Great idea to raise money for children, however why did red arrows not show Scottish colours of blue and white instead of red, white and blue?

    Sandra: Thoroughly entertaining display. But the gay kiss was completely unnecessary, with disregard for the feelings or attitudes of many of the other participating countries.

    Anna in Galloway: The first 10 minutes or so were cringeworthy and the singing was dire! It definitely improved as time went on, although I feel I must be alone in the country as I did not like the Scotland team's outfits or "the kiss"!

    Irene in Kinross: Sir Chris Hoy is an honorary Clydesider!!! I loved the way he graciously stepped forward to help with the baton and then stepped back. An example for us all.

    What do you think? Tweet using #ScotlandLive, email us here, or text to 80295.



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