Talk of the Town: Bus job put pair on road to romance

It’s quite common to find something on a bus – a forgotten shopping bag, loose coins, a newspaper.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 25th October 2011, 12:56 pm

But newlyweds Archie and Heather Motion found something else – each other.

Archie – who met Heather when they were both working as bus drivers for the Edinburgh Bus Tours – admits it took him a while to put the wheels of their romance in motion.

Craigmillar’s Archie, 33, was unaware that Heather, 26, nee McCourt, carried a torch for him as they steered tourists around the city, but something rang a bell as the season came to an end.

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The pair tied the knot at St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church in George Street, before celebrating at the Royal Scots Club with family and friends.

Next stop was a honeymoon in New York and Mexico.

City’s connection to Fab Four remembered at last

For fans of Edinburgh’s forgotten Beatle, it is a case of better late than never. In case you didn’t know, Stuart Sutcliffe, the Fab Four’s original bass player, was born at the Simpsons (though moved to Merseyside with his family at the age of three). Next year will mark 50 years since his untimely passing from a brain haemorrhage at the age of 21.

Talk of the Town is delighted to hear his sister, Pauline, has now launched the first official fan club commemorating his life – and at the same time the Capital’s small part in Beatlemania.

Nearly a smash hit for band

Musicians have always had a reputation for destruction.

From throwing television sets out hotel windows to trashing drum kits on stage, there have been several eye-catching moments over the years.

But one city bass player, following a performance at the Biddy Mulligans bar in the Grassmarket on Sunday night, took matters even further.

After loading his equipment into his car outside the bar and setting off, Freight’s Andy Northall collided with a concrete bollard, sending it hurtling towards his drummer’s car, much to the amusement of onlookers.

Thankfully it fell short, and one passer-by was on hand to help him move the street furniture back into position.

Birth of a new campaign?

CONGRATULATIONS to Louise Lang, Liberal Democrat councillor for Leith Walk, on the birth of her baby daughter, Ailsa Christina Eleanor Young (9lb 3oz).

Could this spark a campaign for prams on trams?