Sturgeon: People don’t need to cancel October break plans

However the First Minister urged Scots living in hotspot areas to avoid unnecessary travel due to new coronavirus restrictions.

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Scots don’t need to cancel holiday plans they’ve made for the October break, Nicola Sturgeon has said, despite the tightening of coronavirus measures.

In general, people should avoid unnecessary travel – but the Scottish Government is not asking them to cancel pre-booked trips, the First Minister made clear.

It comes after the closure of pubs and restaurants in the central belt, including in Glasgow and Edinburgh, with the measures affecting more than three million people.

Residents of the Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Lothian, Forth Valley and Ayrshire and Arran health board areas have been asked not to travel beyond their regions if they don’t need to.


People in these hotspot areas should try to avoid public transport except for work purposes, going to school and other unavoidable reasons.

More than two-thirds of Monday’s new coronavirus cases – 715 out of 961 infections nationwide – were shared between the Greater Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Lothian health board areas.

Sturgeon told the daily Covid-19 briefing: “We’re asking people who live in these areas not to travel outside them if they don’t need to.

“So for example, if you live in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, don’t travel outside Greater Glasgow and Clyde if you don’t really need to.”


However, the First Minister added: “We’re not insisting that people cancel October holiday plans.

“But we are asking more generally, please avoid travel that you don’t need to take to different parts of Scotland or to different parts of the UK.”

She said the Test and Protect system had recently identified a number of Covid cases linked to travel to other parts of the country, chiefly through coach travel.

Sturgeon continued: “When you do travel, please be very careful, be especially cautious if you’re travelling, whether that’s in Scotland or elsewhere in the UK, to places that are seeing high rates of infection.”

People travelling to hotspot areas anywhere in Scotland or the UK should ensure they wear a face covering, observe distancing and follow all other health advice, the FM stressed.

Legendary Scots actor Sir Sean Connery dies aged 90

The Hollywood superstar died overnight in his sleep, while in the Bahamas.

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James Bond: Legendary Scots actor Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90.

Legendary Scots actor Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90, his family has said.

The Hollywood star, from Fountainbridge in Edinburgh, was best known for his portrayal of James Bond. He was the first actor to bring the role to the big screen, debuting as 007 in 1962’s Dr No.

He appeared in seven Bond films, including Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever and Never Say Never Again.

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Bond: Sir Sean Connery poses next to an Aston Martin DB5 in a scene from Goldfinger.

Sir Sean’s other films included Highlander, The Rock, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and The Hunt for Red October.


He also appeared as historical figures King Arthur and Richard the Lionheart during his illustrious career.

Throughout his career he won a number of awards, including an Oscar for his role in The Untouchables.

Sir Sean was knighted by the Queen at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh in 2000.

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Sir Sean’s career spanned decades.

The BBC reported that he died overnight in his sleep, while in the Bahamas. It is understood he had been unwell for some time.


Jason Connery said his father “had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him” when he passed away.

He said: “We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time.

“A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor.”

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New York: Sir Sean with wife Micheline and then-first minister Jack McConnell during the 2004 Tartan Week.

Paying tribute, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I was heartbroken to learn this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons.

“Sean was born into a working class Edinburgh family and through talent and sheer hard work, became a film icon and one of the world’s most accomplished actors

“He will be remembered best as James Bond – for many, the classic 007 – but his roles were many and varied.

“Sean was a global legend but, first and foremost, he was a patriotic and proud Scot. His towering presence at the opening of the Scottish Parliament was a sign of his dedication to his country.


“He was a lifelong advocate of an independent Scotland and those of us who share that belief owe him a great debt of gratitude.

“It was a privilege to have known Sean. When I last spoke to him it was clear even then that his health was failing – but the voice, the spirit and the passion that we all loved so well were still there.

“I will miss him. Scotland will miss him. The world will miss him.

“My thoughts and condolences are with Micheline, his sons Jason and Stefan, his brother Neil and all the family.”

Obituary: Sir Sean Connery, the definitive James Bond

Remembering the extraordinary life of the legendary Scottish actor, who has died at the age of 90.

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Sir Sean Connery in the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger.

He enjoyed a long and varied film career spanning 50 years, but Sir Sean Connery will undoubtedly be remembered as the first – and some say definitive – James Bond.

His performance in Dr No in 1962 set the jobbing actor and former milkman on a path that would lead to Hollywood stardom and all its trappings.

Roles in Highlander, The Untouchables and Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade helped seal his position as one of Britain’s best-loved stars, and his brooding good looks and distinct Scottish brogue won him legions of fans worldwide.

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Sir Sean as Bond in the 1963 film From Russia with Love.

Connery never lost his much-imitated accent despite his many years living abroad. From his home in the Bahamas, he remained a fervent supporter of independence for Scotland.


Thomas Sean Connery was born in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, on August 25, 1930. The elder of two boys, he left school at an early age and took his first job as a milkman, complete with horse-drawn cart.

At 16, he enlisted in the Royal Navy but was discharged three years later on medical grounds after suffering with a stomach ulcer.

He has two tattoos from this time – one reading “Mum and Dad” and another “Scotland Forever”.

The keen bodybuilder then undertook a variety of jobs, including a stint as a bricklayer, a lifeguard and an artist’s model for the Edinburgh College of Art. Under the name Thom Connery, he was placed third in the tall man’s division (he was 6ft 2in) of the 1950 Mr Universe contest.


The stage came calling when a friend suggested he try out for a production of South Pacific. He got a part in the sailors’ chorus and so began his acting career.

He was also a gifted footballer. While touring with the musical, he was offered a contract by former Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby, who saw him play in a friendly against a local side.

His first major acting credit came in 1957 British gangster film No Road Back.

It was author Ian Fleming’s suave and sophisticated secret service agent that launched Connery to stardom.

Fleming was initially resistant to the idea of Connery playing his character. He thought the Scot was an “overgrown stuntman” who was not refined enough for the role.

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In a scene from the 1989 film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

He was later so impressed with his performance that he created a Scottish ancestry for the character in his subsequent books.

Connery played Bond in seven films – Dr No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983).


He quit the role after You Only Live Twice, frustrated by the repetitive plots, but was enticed back after his successor George Lazenby failed to make the grade.

Most of his subsequent successes were as part of ensemble casts, in films such as The Man Who Would Be King, Murder On The Orient Express and A Bridge Too Far.

In the 1980s a slipping career was revived with The Untouchables (1987), with his role as a tough gangbusting Irish policeman winning him an Academy Award for best supporting actor. Future Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington were also nominated in the category that year.

He is also fondly remembered for his part two years later as the father of Harrison Ford’s whip-cracking hero in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, the third instalment in the hugely popular franchise.

Connery could by now command massive fees and gained a reputation as a ruthless contract negotiator. He hated the idea of being manipulated by the film industry and was regularly embroiled in lawsuits.

In 1989, the US magazine People voted him Sexiest Man Alive, to which the 59-year-old replied: “Well, there aren’t many sexy dead men, are there?”

The 1990s brought performances in The Hunt For Red October (1990), Dragonheart (1996) and Entrapment, the 1999 love story/thriller with Catherine Zeta-Jones, which Connery also produced.

By now he was firmly regarded as an elder statesman of the film industry and in 2000 was knighted by the Queen – an honour said to have been delayed by his vocal support for the Scottish National Party (SNP).

Connery, once voted the “greatest living Scot”, received the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, when he confirmed his retirement from acting.

Throughout his career he remained relatively guarded about his private life but was forced to deny claims of domestic abuse made by his first wife, the Australian actress Diane Cilento, before her death in 2011.

He was plagued by criticism of remarks he allegedly made in a Vanity Fair interview in 1993 when he suggested there were women who “want a smack”.

Connery was reported as saying: “There are women who take it to the wire. That’s what they are looking for, the ultimate confrontation.”

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Sir Sean with wife Micheline Roquebrune and then-First Minister Jack McConnell during the 2004 Tartan Week in New York.

He and Cilento were married for 11 years and had one son, the actor Jason Connery.

Connery is survived by Jason and his second wife, French artist Micheline Roquebrune, whom he married in 1975 and who regularly accompanied him on the red carpet.

In 2009, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh Napier University for the achievements throughout his career.

He appeared relaxed and in good health during his last public appearance, when he turned out to support fellow Scotsman Andy Murray at the US Open in September 2012.

The tennis star was shocked when Connery and Sir Alex Ferguson gatecrashed a post-match press conference in New York and posed for pictures with him and his mother Judy.

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Sir Sean was a big tennis fan and was often seen at Andy Murray matches.

As one of the most high-profile supporters of Scottish independence, many expected Connery to make an appearance on the campaign trail in the run-up to the historic vote on September 18, 2014.

His words were used to galvanise support at the launch of the Yes campaign two years previously, when the star declared in a message: “The people of Scotland are the best guardians of their own future.”

The death of the 90-year-old was confirmed by his family on Saturday.

‘Unforgettable’: Tributes flood in for Sir Sean Connery

The Hollywood star, who enjoyed a long and successful career, has died at the age of 90.

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Sir Sean Connery: Tributes pour in for legendary actor.

Tributes have poured in for legendary James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery, following his death at the age of 90.

The Hollywood star, who appeared in seven 007 films, enjoyed a long career on the silver screen.

Homage has been paid from all walks of life to the Scot, who was considered one of the best in his business and a true icon.

Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement: “We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery.


“He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words – ‘The name’s Bond… James Bond’ – he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent.

‘He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.’

Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, Bond producers

“He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”

Sir Sean, born in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, appeared in seven Bond films, including Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever and Never Say Never Again.

His other films included Highlander, The Rock, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and The Hunt for Red October.


Sir Sean’s son Jason told the BBC his father died peacefully in his sleep overnight at his home in the Bahamas, having been “unwell for some time”.

Jason said his father “had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him” when he died.

He said: “We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time.

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1964: Actor Sean Connery poses as James Bond next to his Aston Martin.

“A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor.”

Current Bond actor Daniel Craig said Sir Sean ‘defined an era and a style’ in a statement.

He said: “It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema.

“Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style.


“The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster.

“He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come.

“My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.”

Tributes were also paid to the Scottish independence supporter by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

She said: “I was heartbroken to learn this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons.

“Sean was born into a working-class Edinburgh family and through talent and sheer hard work, became an international film icon and one of the world’s most accomplished actors.

“Sean will be remembered best as James Bond – the classic 007 – but his roles were many and varied. He was a global legend but, first and foremost, a patriotic and proud Scot – his towering presence at the opening of the Scottish Parliament and in 1999 showed his love for the country of his birth.”

She added: “It was a privilege to have known Sean. When I last spoke to him it was clear even then that his health was failing – but the voice, the spirit and the passion that we all loved so well were still there.”

Words were also shared by those he inspired, such as actor Hugh Jackman, who said: “I grew up idolising Sean Connery. A legend on screen, and off. Rest In Peace.”

Game Of Thrones star Liam Cunningham shared a photo of himself and Sir Sean, adding: “This man was really good to me. They say don’t meet your heroes. He exceeded all expectations. RIP Sean.”

Throughout his career, Sir Sean won a number of awards, including an Oscar for his role in The Untouchables.

He was knighted by the Queen at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh in 2000.

Star Trek actor George Takei said describe him as “a movie legend, even far into his golden years.”

He added: “Our strongest Bonds were formed by him, and he was untouchable. He passed today at age 90, a suave hero to the end.”

Dame Shirley Bassey, who sung the themes to three Bond films including Goldfinger, said Sir Sean was “a wonderful person”.

She tweeted: “I’m incredibly saddened to hear of Sean’s passing. My thoughts are with his family. He was a wonderful person, a true gentleman and we will be forever connected by Bond.

“When we were younger I used to cheer Sean on from the sidelines whilst he played football in his team, The Showbiz 11! Well, I will always be there to cheer you on Sean! Forever in our hearts and may you rest in peace.”

Pinewood Studios, home of the Bond film franchise, said in a statement: “We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of the legendary Sir Sean Connery.

“Memories of this outstanding actor and his unforgettable embodiment of superspy James Bond will forever be cherished at Pinewood.”

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Coronavirus: 24 more dead as cases surge by 1101 overnight

More than 1000 people are currently receiving treatment in hospital for Covid-19.

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Covid-19: The fight to stop the spread of the deadly virus goes on.

A further 24 people have died in Scotland after being diagnosed with coronavirus, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

Total confirmed cases of the virus has risen to 63,913 – a jump of 1101 in the past 24 hours.

The official death toll in Scotland now stands at 2843, however weekly figures on suspected Covid-19 deaths recorded by National Records of Scotland suggest the most up-to-date total is more than 4400.

Of the new cases reported on Saturday, 374 are in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde region, 317 are in Lanarkshire, 121 are in Lothian, and 84 are in Ayrshire and Arran.


The remaining cases are spread across eight other health board areas.

According to management information reported by NHS boards across Scotland, 1149 people are in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19. Out of those, 80 patients are in intensive care.

Nicola Sturgeon urges Scots to avoid travel to England

The First Minister has asked people not to travel to or from England unless it is for 'essential purposes'.

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First Minister: Nicola Sturgeon asks people not to travel to or from England unless 'essential'.

The First Minister has urged Scots not to travel to or from England unless it is for “essential purposes”.

Nicola Sturgeon made the plea amid reports Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering a second lockdown south of the border.

She said her government will “take account of any developments in England” but base decisions on circumstances in Scotland.

Sturgeon also said the prevalence of coronavirus is lower in Scotland than in other parts of the UK, after stricter measures were introduced north of the border in September.


The restrictions saw Scots banned from going into other people’s homes and the Scottish Government also acted to close bars and restaurants across the central belt in early October.

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A new five-level system of restrictions for tackling coronavirus will come into force in Scotland on Monday, which will see travel restrictions imposed on many Scots.

In level level three areas – the second highest tier in the new system – people are urged not to go outside of their own local authority area.

In a series of tweets urging people to stick to the new rules, Sturgeon also said people are being asked not to travel to or from England.


The First Minister said: “People should not travel to or from level three areas in Scotland and for now, we are asking people not to travel to or from England at all, except for essential purposes.”

On speculation surrounding a lockdown in England, she said: “Prevalence of the virus is currently lower in Scotland than in other parts of the UK and there are early signs that the tough restrictions in place since we moved quickly in late September have started to slow the rate of increase.

“We will base decisions on circumstances here – though what happens just across our border is clearly not irrelevant to our considerations.

“In coming days the Scottish Government will consider data on the spread of the virus, as we always do, and take account of any developments in England.”

Sturgeon said the Scottish Government would have to consider if “any financial support will be available now as a result of steps in England, which would not be guaranteed to Scotland later”.

But she added: “Most importantly, we urge everyone to comply with current restrictions, including on travel.

“Above all, we will do our best – in difficult circumstances – to arrive at the best and most rational decisions we can, with the priority of protecting health and lives.


“And we will set out any decisions to the Scottish people and the Scottish Parliament in as managed a way as possible.”

Building collapses and roads closed as winds and rain sweep in

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings throughout the weekend as Storm Aiden moves in from the west.

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Flooded: The A83 Rest and Be Thankful and Old Military Road have been closed.

A building has collapsed and roads have flooded as strong winds and heavy rain sweep in across parts of Scotland.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings throughout the weekend as Storm Aiden moves in from the west.

On Saturday morning, Argyll and Bute Council warned that a building had collapsed in Helensburgh.

The A814 East Clyde Street, between Sinclair Street and Maitland Street, has now been cordoned off with diversions put in place.


There have been no reports of any injuries.

Meanwhile, a key route through Argyll has been closed due to flooding.

The A83 Rest and Be Thankful has been closed alongside its diversion route, Old Military Road (OMR).

Motorists now face a 60-mile diversion.


A spokesperson from BEAR NW Trunk Roads said: “The OMR local diversion route is currently closed due to flooding from the river in the area. 

“Teams are investigating the situation to ensure the OMR opens as quickly as possible. 

“In the meantime, traffic is being diverted via the A82/A85 and A819.”

Police have also warned about flooding in Dunoon and the surrounding areas.

A force spokesperson from the Argyll and West Dunbartonshire division warned that the A815 was particularly affected with the additional hazard of leaves hiding the “true depth of any water”.

Motorists have been urged to take extra time for journeys and to drive to the conditions “not the speed limit”.

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ScotRail: A train was brought to a stop due to a trampoline.

A runaway trampoline brought a ScotRail train to a stop near Queens Park in Glasgow on Saturday afternoon.


A spokesperson said services would be temporarily suspended while workers removed it from the railway line.

Meanwhile, due to waves crashing over the sea wall in Saltcoats, North Ayrshire, Network Rail Scotland has had to switch off the overhead lines as the spray was tripping the power supply.

A diesel train has now been put into service to keep passengers moving through the area.

A number of bridge restrictions have also been put in place due to high winds.

Heavy rain is expected to batter parts of Scotland until 7pm on Saturday. A yellow weather warning has been put in place across Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire, Perthshire, and parts of Aberdeenshire and western Highlands.

Strong winds are also expected to sweep in until 9pm on Saturday. Areas across the west coast, including the Hebrides, are expected to be worst hit.

On Sunday, a wind warning across the Hebrides and western Highlands has been put in place between 12pm and 9pm.

Scots have been warned to prepare for power cuts, flooding and problems with public transport.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued a number of flood alerts.

Mark Franklin, Sepa’s flood duty manager, said: “Heavy rain and strong winds are expected across much of Scotland on Saturday and Sunday.

“Flooding impacts from rivers and surface water are possible across much of the south west and west of Scotland, including Argyll, much of central Scotland and extending across Tayside into Angus and Aberdeenshire. 

“Impacts may include flooding of land and roads, disruption to travel and difficult driving conditions.

“There may also be disruption from spray and waves overtopping today along the Solway coast, west coast, the Caithness, Sutherland and Moray coastlines and around the Orkney and Shetland Islands.

“Flood alerts have been issued and people living, working and travelling in affected areas are advised to take extra care and ensure they have signed up to Floodline.”

Ban on guising as Scots celebrate Halloween weekend

The Scottish Government told families to avoid the annual tradition in a bid to stop further spread of coronavirus.

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The Scottish Government has told families to avoid guising this year.

Families celebrating Halloween this weekend have been told to avoid guising in a bid to stop further spread of coronavirus.

Children dressing up as their favourite characters and going to door-to-door looking for treats has been an annual tradition for generations.

However, the deputy first minister insisted the move is necessary to ensure current restrictions on gatherings are adhered to.

John Swinney said: “I know guising is a big part of Halloween and children will be sad to miss out, but as door-to-door guising brings an additional and avoidable risk of spreading the virus, our clear advice for families is to avoid it.”


He urged those still wishing to celebrate the spooky holiday to come up with safer activities to entertain the family.

Here’s a list of alternative ways families can still have their Halloween fun while avoiding the scare of spreading the virus.

Visit a patch to pick a pumpkin

If you take the Scottish Government’s guidance to avoid guising altogether, there are still plenty of other ways to mark Halloween without the family being stuck indoors.

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Pumpkin patch at Valley View in Carluke.

Pumpkin picking is the latest autumn trend in Scotland as younger generations continue to adopt American traditions.


The days of carving lanterns from tumshies could now be a thing of the past as pumpkins become more and more popular.

There are now patches popping up across Scotland as the trend becomes the norm.

Here is a list of patches open to the public this year:

  • Udny Pumpkins, Ellon
  • South Ardbennie, Perthshire
  • Cairnie Farm, Cupar
  • Craigies Farm, South Queensferry
  • Arnprior, Stirling
  • Balgone Estate, East Lothian
  • Kilduff farm, East Lothian
  • MND’s Theme Park Outdoor Pumpkin Festival, Bellshill
  • Valley View At Gouldings, Carluke 

Get competitive in a carving contest

Once you’ve picked your perfect pumpkin, why not challenge the family to a carving competition?

Get artistic with stencils or bravely go freehand to create the most impressive spooky designs to rival your relatives.

Make things more interesting by taking the contest online and challenge your wider family on Zoom.

Show off your work with a pumpkin trail

What better way to show off your hard work than with a neighbourhood pumpkin trail?


Families can place a pumpkin somewhere on or around their homes so children can wander through the street and count as many as possible.

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Halloween: Neighbourhood pumpkin trail.

The idea has become increasingly popular this year as parents are keen to make sure Halloween happens for their children.

Every pumpkin found, children can be given a sweet treat to add to their bag.

Just look at it as a 2020 spin on guising!

Give your face mask a Halloween twist

Young ones can give the term Halloween mask a whole new meaning by giving their face coverings a spooky makeover.

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Add a bit more fun to face masks with a spooky theme.

Using stickers, felt or even a parent’s sewing skills, they can create a terrifying design ready to scare the public on their next trip outdoors.

Show off your costume from your doorstep

At the height of lockdown, Scotland saw communities come together from the safety of their gardens and doorsteps.

Whether that was for the weekly Clap for Carers event or performing a dance from their front gate. 

Why can’t the same be done for Halloween? Children can show off their costume from the safety of their front garden or street for passers-by and neighbours to enjoy.

Host a virtual Halloween quiz

The idea of Zoom might give people the chills these days but why not get the whole family involved in a Halloween quiz?

Brush up on horror movie trivia and hellish history before going head-to-head to see who is the spook-tacular winner.

Put those lockdown baking skills to the test

Time in lockdown taught people a lot of skills, the most common one was learning how to bake.

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Pumpkin themed gingerbread biscuits.

So, how about putting those talents to the test by baking some spooky sweet treats?

From creepy cookies to pumpkin pancakes there’s an endless list of recipes online to try out.

Discover the light with a trip to GlasGLOW

If staying in isn’t people’s style then a trip to see GlasGLOW’s Halloween light show might be the perfect choice.

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GlasGLOW at the Botanic Gardens.

The popular event is set to return to Glasgow for a third year for the Halloween season.

It is held at the Botanic Gardens and will run from the October 29 – November 15.

Visitors have been told to expect an “immersive journey transporting them to other worlds where ancient powers have been unleashed”.

For ticket details click here.

Watch a Halloween classic at the drive-in

Nothing gets people in the Halloween spirit quite like a horror film so why not enjoy a good old-fashioned scare on the silver screen?

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Drive-in movies are a popular trend for Halloween.

Drive-in movie events have been cropping up across the country over the past few years.

This October many pop-up venues are offering younger viewers some spooky family favourites including Hocus Pocus but also screening some horror classics like The Shining for adults.

Here’s a list of pop-up events scheduled in Scotland this month:

Social worker shared indecent images of children with friends

Ronnie Park claimed he sent the images via WhatsApp for 'shock value'.

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Glasgow Sheriff Court: Ronnie Park pleaded guilty on Friday.

A social worker snared with indecent images of children claimed he forwarded them on to friends for “shock value”.

Ronnie Park had eight images on two different iPhones and distributed them to pals between May 2017 and December 2019.

The 47-year-old, who is also a stand-up comedian and local radio DJ, suggested “black humour” was behind his actions.

Park, who was a social worker for Clackmannanshire Council, pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday to possession and distribution of indecent images.


The court heard officers raided Park’s home in the city’s Baillieston and seized an iPhone.

Prosecutor Mark Allan told the court Park admitted ownership of the device and stated he owned no others.

A cybercrime examination of the phone recovered three moving indecent images of children.

Mr Allan added: “These were images of children between infant age and nine years.


“Images were distributed to another by the accused using WhatsApp.”

Park was arrested before another iPhone was recovered from him which contained a further five moving images.

Mr Allan stated: “These were children aged between six months and 11-years-old.

“These moving images were images of child exploitation.”

The hearing was told the five images were also distributed by Park on WhatsApp.

Lawyer Ross Yuill, defending, told the court that Park was sent the images on WhatsApp groups and didn’t search for them.

Mr Yuill added: “These were from people known to him and were considered of shock value and some level of dark humour was involved.


“These were for shock or surprise and were sent to some friends and not some random people or chatroom.

“These images are vile and distressing and should not have been circulated in any way.”

Sentence was deferred until next month by Sheriff Martin Jones QC for background reports.

Park was bailed and put on the Sex Offenders’ Register meantime.

‘Blue moon’ to provide spooktacular Halloween treat

Things will be different on the ground and in the sky on Halloween this year.

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Halloween isn’t going to be quite the same this year, with most vampires and ghosts being urged to stay at home.

But it’s not just down here on the ground that things will be a bit different – the moon will put on a rare spooktacular treat on Saturday night.

We’ve all used the term ‘once in a blue moon’ before, which, of course, describes things that happen very rarely – such as warm summers, dry weather and snow at Christmas.

The last one saddens me.


But when it comes to the actual moon, a blue moon is something that doesn’t happen very often.

Now, before you go out looking for a blue hue, this doesn’t actually have anything to do with the colour of the moon – not this time at least.

When we get two full moons in one calendar month, or four in one season, these are called blue moons. And because you only get a full moon every 29.5 days, you can see why this doesn’t occur often.

It also means that there can never be a blue moon in February, which only has a maximum of 29 days in a leap year.


Now, if I ask you to think of a Halloween image, I’m sure quite a few of you will be picturing a lonely tree silhouetted by a full moon and a sky filled with a cauldron of bats. Yes, you read that right, a group of flying bats can be called a cauldron or a cloud, but I think cauldron is more suited on this occasion.

A proper full moon on Halloween is very rare indeed. However, on October 1 we had a complete full moon, meaning Saturday nights will be a blue moon occasion.

The last time we had a full moon on Halloween was back in 2001 – which was also a blue moon – and we won’t see another one until 2039.

So yes, this is a rare occasion, but will we actually be able to see the moon on Saturday night?

Well, the good news that after a horrible day with heavy rain in most areas, the skies will start to clear into the evening as the rain eases.

The best cloud breaks early evening will be across Moray and Aberdeenshire, but by 11pm most of the mainland should be able to get a good view – so it’s looking good for werewolves.

Shetland and Orkney will stay cloudier until the early hours. The sky will look extra spooky with clouds speeding past the moon with strong winds continuing to blow across the country, so witches, get ready for a bumpy night on those broomsticks!

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