A KILTMAKER has told how he created a patriotic costume for Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams to wear during the TV show’s auditions in Edinburgh.
The funnyman – who is one of the ITV show’s four panellists – caused a stir when he arrived at the Festival Theatre yesterday clad in a Royal Stewart tartan kilt made by Bonnington-based firm The Scotland Kilt Company.
The crowds were given a brief glimpse of what was under David’s kilt when Simon Cowell whipped up the garment. The Little Britain star was sporting a pair of white Y-fronts.
Michael Carr, manager at the family-run business, said he was stunned to receive a call from researchers asking to make a kilt for the show.
He said: “It was quite a surreal day but I think it went perfectly. I had to go to his hotel in the morning for the final fitting. I helped him to put it on correctly and told him a bit about the history of the tartan and the kilt itself.
“He is a funny guy – really full of gags – but also down to earth as well.”
Hundreds of people braved freezing temperatures to queue up for a seat in the audience of the ITV talent show, which kicked off its audition stages yesterday.
The four judges all arrived individually in identical maroon Jaguar cars, driven by chauffeurs, before stepping out on to a Union flag-patterned red carpet.
Sisters Shona and Morag Carr managed to grab a selfie with Walliams, who moved among the crowds, chatting and posing for pictures.
Shona, 44, of Musselburgh, said: “He seemed really nice. I just thought why not ask and he was more than happy to chat away.”
Her sister, Morag, 45, who lives in Fernieside, added: “When he came over we never thought he would stop to talk to us but he did. It was great.”
TV presenter Amanda Holden braved the chilly weather in a bright red dress while singer Alesha Dixon arrived afterwards wearing a strapless black dress and hurried inside.
Walliams returned with the Williamstown Pipe Band, from Glasgow, to perform a stirring rendition of Scotland the Brave to welcome Cowell.
Piper Alistair McCallum said the English comedian had been keen to learn, but sadly his skills were limited.
The 21-year-old said: “He was keen to learn but we didn’t have time so we mainly showed him just how to keep the bag inflated.
“He was a really good laugh. We got a bit of talking time before we came out to perform and he had us all laughing.”
The biggest cheers were reserved for Cowell, as he
arrived last to the tune of the bagpipes.
Marion Gibson received a kiss from the 55-year-old when he posed for a picture with her.
Bathgate resident Marion, also 55, said: “He was lovely. Simon is my favourite. I was putting my arm around him and David kept batting at me saying ‘No, he’s mine’.”