Glasgow & West Scotland

Rain sinks 'paper boats' flotilla

George Wyllie
Image caption George Wyllie was one of Scotland's most celebrated artists

Plans to launch a flotilla of paper boats on the River Clyde in Glasgow have been sunk by poor weather.

Pupils from more than 90 schools in the city made hundreds of boats to celebrate the life and work of the sculptor and artist George Wyllie.

They were to be launched on Hogmanay in homage to Wyllie who was born on 31 December 1921 and died in May, aged 90.

One of the artist's most famous works saw him sail an 80ft paper boat down the River Clyde in 1989.

Organisers of flotilla event said the poor weather, with heavy rain across Glasgow, made the planned launch unsafe.

They hope to reschedule the event sometime in spring 2013.

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