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Eating out scheme boost for Glasgow restaurant

Emma Barnett

BBC 5 Live

Red Onion

Monday was the first day of the Eat Out to Help Out - the UK government promotion that offers half price dining from Monday to Wednesday during August

John Quigley told Five Live's Emma Barnett his Red Onion restaurant in Glasgow was busy all day and at times the level of business was almost overwhelming.

The Treasury will be picking up a £900 tab for the day under the scheme which aims to help restaurants get back on their feet after lockdown.

It felt like the first day of the restaurant - like an opening day in many ways. Today is busy again, the back door is swinging open with delivery drivers. So we're back up and running for the moment.

John QuigleyRestaurant owner

Head teacher 'really excited and really proud'

BBC Breakfast

Sharon Watson

The head teacher at Holyrood Secondary in Glasgow, Sharon Watson, says it has been a "challenging" time for staff, pupils and parents.

She told the BBC that staff used "everything they knew" about their pupils to help decide their grades.

Ms Watson was watching some of her pupils as they were sent their results by text message.

"It's really great to be here," she said. "You can’t not, as head teacher, be really excited and really proud of all the young people that are here, but also all the young people that are at home, and opening their results just now.

"So well done to all of you from me. You deserve it, you’ve done everything you should have."

'I’m just so happy, I can’t believe it': Pupils get end-of-year results

BBC Breakfast

Dionne and father

Pupils from Scotland's largest school - Holyrood Secondary in Glasgow - have been receiving their results after a tense few months waiting.

Highers student Dionne said she "didn't know what to expect" from her results, which have been based on past work rather than exams this year because of the pandemic.

“I got exactly what I was hoping for, so it means I’m going to university and I’m just so happy. I can’t believe it," she said.

Her father said he was "so proud" of his daughter.

“She’s done so much better than I could have ever done at school," he told BBC Breakfast.

"It’s been such a time of uncertainty and it’s a massive wait over now."

Peter and parents

Another pupil at the school, Peter said he was "just delighted" to get five As in his subjects.

“I was hoping for it because I got that in my prelims, so I would have been a wee bit disappointed if I hadn’t - but I’m really happy and relieved now," he said.