Sir Billy Connolly would move back to Scotland ‘at the drop of a hat’

The Scottish comedian said that Glasgow is very much his home and 'means a great deal' to him.

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Sir Billy Connolly revealed he would return to live in Scotland ‘at the drop of a hat’ – and said Glasgow is his home.

The legendary comic, 79, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s while undergoing surgery for early-stage prostate cancer in 2013 and retired from live comedy five years later.

Sir Billy and his wife Pamela have been based in the United States for more than 30 years and have lived in Quay West, in Florida, for the last few years.

They previously owned a 12-bedroom home, Candacraig House, in Aberdeenshire, but sold it in 2014.

Sir Billy was speaking during a Waterstones Facebook live event.

Asked if he felt time is passing faster as he is getting older, Sir Billy said: “No, time has kind of stood still. It’s weird.

“It’s the way I’ve lived my life, the way I’ve changed and the places I’ve lived in.

“I lived in Los Angeles for 15 years and in New York for 15 years.

“I’ve been here in Quay West for three or four years and lived in London for lots of years.

“Most people’s lives have a kind of straight line.

“Mine has kind of chopped and changed.

“It’s been lovely. It’s stopped me being homesick. I come from everywhere.”

Asked if he would consider returning to Scotland to live, Sir Billy said: “Oh yeah, I would live there at the drop of a hat.

“I think it’s a great place to live.

“I’ve got the whole family to think about.

“They’ve all got jobs and careers.

“I don’t really think much about where I’m going to live. I live where I am.

“You may not believe this but Pamela went and bought a house in Quay West and didn’t tell me.

“She sold the New York house, so I had nowhere to live. I had to come here.

“She just does that. It makes life very interesting.

“Glasgow is very, much my home.

“Even now, talking about it I get a kind of vibration.

“It’s a lovely place. It means a great deal to me.

“It’s a lovely town to come from.

“It has the same feeling as a granny in your life.

“It’s a wise old woman. It can nail you, but it can also raise you up.

“One minute you feel like crying, the next minute you are dancing.

“It’s a good place.”

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