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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]BRITAIN’S Got Talent star Edward Reid had guests at a posh awards dinner on their feet singing along to his cheeky parody of the Frank Sinatra hit, New York, New York.

The bubbly entertainer had penned a whole new set of lyrics for his version of the classic song especially for the intu Braehead Retailer Awards dinner where he was on stage hosting the event.

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Edward found fame on the BGT show in 2011 by singing nursery rhymes to the tunes of well-known pop songs.

And when he was on stage at the mall’s awards dinner, instead of singing the famous first line of New York, New York, “Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today” he sang “Start spending the cash, we’re shopping today”.

And when he got to the chorus of his surprise version, called Braehead, Braehead, instead of “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” Edward sang “If I can’t buy it there, I can’t buy it anywhere”.

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As soon as the 200 shop, restaurants and leisure staff at the award bash realised Edward was singing about them and the intu Braehead mall, the dinner suit and ball gown-clad guests were on their feet cheering and singing.

Edward said: “I was really chuffed by the reaction of people at the awards dinner. They were all there in their finery and nobody knew I was going to sing a new version for them, but within a few lines of the song everyone was on their feet cheering and singing along with me.

“I was on holiday in Mexico when I heard New York, New York on the radio and I thought it would be a great idea to write new lyrics for when I was hosting the intu Braehead awards.”

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He added: “I’m not surprised, it went down so well, as New York, New York is a typical Scots party song and when you hear the song being played it seems to evoke memories of having a good time.”

The event, held in Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket, was the second annual intu Braehead Retailer Awards ceremony and general manager at the mall, Gary Turnbull said:

“I couldn’t believe it when Edward was on stage and started belting out his new lyrics and everyone got to their feet to join in.

“It was a fantastic performance and a clever piece of lyric writing from Edward. It was that good, he should record his Braehead, Braehead version. I’m sure it would be a hit with our shoppers!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]THE boss at intu Braehead has put three students in the frame as being top photographers.

The trio of snappers doing the photography course at West College Scotland were chosen by the mall’s general manager as prize winners in a competition, which has seen dozens of photographs being put on display in the busy mall.

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First place went to George Plu for his photograph of snow-covered hills at Newton Stewart, in Dumfries and Galloway; and runners-up were Susan Soutar, 48, with a photograph of a sunset in the Isle of Skye and 24-year-old Kirsty Thompson who photographed Royal Exchange Square, in Glasgow.

Head of Photography at West College Scotland, Robert Tabor said: “Students work on lots of different photographic projects and for so many people to see their work is a real boost to them.

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“Recognition for their efforts is going to build their confidence as photographers and we can’t thank intu Braehead enough for displaying our students’ photographs.”

The photographic competition winner received a £100 gift card and £50 gift cards were presented to the runners-up.

Gary Turnbull said: “The standard of photographs from the students is extremely high and the display of their pictures in the lower mall – which is changed every month – has attracted a lot of attention from shoppers passing by.

“The public should get the chance to see a display of the fine work being done by the photography students at West College Scotland and we’re delighted to make this happen.”

Photo Credits:

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Roll up, roll up for the circus on ice!

THE coolest show on earth is coming to town when circus acts perform on an ice rink inside a Big Top.

The Continental Circus Berlin On Ice show opens today (Thursday, January 8) on a specially built ice rink in a circus tent next to the Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination.

And the ringmaster becomes a rinkmaster when the circus on ice has its only Scottish performances that run until January 18.

The show features trapeze artists, contortionists, acrobats, clowns, comedy acts, magicians and a troupe of dazzling ice dancers performing on the rink in a brand new state of the art and heated luxury theatre Big Top.

Operations manager with Soar at intu Braehead, formerly known as Xscape, Ian Anderson said: “This is a spectacular show that’s not been presented on this scale in the UK for 30 years.

“Continental Circus Berlin On Ice combines amazing feats of ice artistry with fabulous traditional circus skills and comedy.

“We’ve even got a daredevil whose wife fires a bolt from a crossbow to knock an apple from her husband’s head. All I can say is I hope she doesn’t slip on the ice when she fires the crossbow!”

Tickets for the show are available from Ticketmaster on 0844 453 9009 or or the on site Box Office.

All photographs in this Gallery are taken by Digital Dave Photography  and Tracey Clements for



Images from David Weir.

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Images from Tracey Clements.

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]A COMMUNITY group is in a race against time to hit their fundraising target to build an extension to a children’s playpark.

The Inchinnan Community Playpark and Garden Association needs to raise another £1600 by the end of this month, so they will have reached £19,000 to take advantage of an offer of half-price outdoor fitness equipment.

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Now a new fund that will give a cash boost to local charities and community groups has stepped in to help out with the villagers’ fund-raising efforts.

Soar at intu Braehead launched a community fund and has agreed to donate £600 to the Inchinnan community group who want to extend their kiddie’s playpark for six to 12-year-olds with an outdoor gym for teenagers and adults.
The popular leisure destination plans to donate hundreds of pounds to good causes in the west of Scotland between now and the end of the year.

Charities and community groups to apply to the fund for single donations up to a maximum of £600, outlining how the money would be spent and how the cash would benefit their local community.

Margaret O’Neill, is chairperson of the Inchinnan group and she explained: “We previously raised £30,000 to build a kiddies playpark and now we want to create something for teenagers and adults by building an outdoor gym.
“We have the offer of half-price outdoor gym equipment, but that’s only available until the end of August.
“The donation from Soar at intu Braehead is much appreciated and it’s great they are creating a fund for charities and community groups.”

Operations manager for Soar, Ian Anderson said: “There’s great work being done in communities by the many small charities and community groups out there. And with a little more financial help, they could do even more.
“Soar at intu Braehead is very much part of the local community and we want to help those who are helping others in our community.”
Log on to to download an application form for one of the grants.

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The Moscow State Circus INTU Breahead.

The Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with its latest & greatest production to date.
Set in the mystical centre of Moscow’s cultural & artistic quarter ‘PARK GORKOGO’ (Gorky Park) is the perfect seasonal back drop for what is undoubtedly the greatest & most famous circus on earth.

Superstar Clowns Splendid Pavlik & Klava invite the audience to this wondrous & mysterious place, a place to romance, a place to stroll & take in Moscow at sunset & a place to see magnificent feats of human achievement, the like of which have never been witnessed in Great Britain before.

As our Loveable Buffoons reminisce about past times in one of the most famous cities on earth they are surrounded by a multitude of flying, back flipping, juggling & roller skating performers

As the park changed in accordance with the mood of the new century, it’s traditions were the basis of the new concept of Park Gorkogo, these changes are reflected in the new show, as like a pendulum, it swings from the earth to the sky in incredible breath-taking succession.

This years show features the
Award winning Flying Trapeze of Alievs White Birds,
The unbelievable roller-skating of the Veslovskis.
Three bathing beauties swept up on the revolving Ariel Ring and the unique Yakovlev Vertical Pole Jugglers.
From the most demanding feats of strength from the hand balancing of Vladislav Khostik to the gorgeous & gracious Ariel sail of Natalia Goncharova.
Add to this mix, the Kozak whip crackers & the revolving Russian Swing, catapulting its 10 strong troupe high into the apex of the chapitou at breakneck speed.

Don’t miss this amazing show, created especially for its first ever European tour.

The Moscow State Circus
INTU Breahead, Glasgow (Formally Xscape)
Thursday 9th to Sun 19th January
Thursday 9th – 7:45pm
Friday 10th – 5pm & 7:45pm
Saturday 11th – 2pm,5pm & 8pm
Sunday 12th – 2pm & 5pm
Monday 13th – 7:45pm
Tuesday 14th – no performances
Wednesday 15th – 7:45pm
Thursday 16th – 5pm & 7:45pm
Friday 17th – 5pm & 7:45pm
Saturday 18th – 2pm,5pm & 8pm
Sunday 19th – 2pm & 5pm

ticketmaster 0844 856 555

All photographs above were taken for by Alex Kyle Photography.