John Gibson: Chipping in for Sick Kids Foundation

John Keating. Picture: Bill Newton

John Keating. Picture: Bill Newton

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If all the fish suppers sold at the L’Alba D’Oro in Stockbridge’s Henderson Row were laid end to end they’d stretch up to George Street.

The chippy recently celebrated its 40th award-winning birthday. Benefiting from the event was the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.

Truly a family concern. Filippo and Maria-Celeste Crolla hail from their hometown of Picinisco in Italy, as does their son Gino who owns the pizzeria through the wall.

It was for a time the only fast food takeaway on the planet selling Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc, Cristal champers and Louis XII cognac alongside fish suppers – before Gino’s place.

Now Anima was obliged to acquire the liquor licence.

Rumoured that Filippo has been nominated for Mayor of Stockaree.

Golden couple

they said it wouldn’t last. Mary and Jeffrey will have been married 50 years next year. The Archers, an enthralling story of country folk. I shan’t be dancing at their golden wedding.

Their latest novel, maybe their last, is due any time now.

To Mary and Jeffrey, joined at the hip, I urge them to come up again this year to the Bookfest if they can.

Keating missed

On a seriously sad note, I lost a lifelong pal in John Keating a few weeks back. Great pal. Great talent. The finest musician and product of Bakehouse Close. I’d say Edinburgh.