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Date Set for Cockenzie Chimneys Demolition

After close consultation between ScottishPower, East Lothian Council and Police Scotland, the date for the controlled explosive demolition of the Cockenzie Power Station chimney stacks has been confirmed as Saturday 26th September.

The demolition will be overseen by ScottishPower’s main contractor, Brown and Mason, who have undertaken similar projects in recent years at Inverkip Power Station and Methil Power Station.

An exclusion zone will be required for the demolition, with full details due to be published in the near future. The safety restrictions will mean that viewing areas in the immediate vicinity of the power station, such as the Greenhills, will be limited.  As the chimney stacks are clearly visible from many locations, Police Scotland, ScottishPower and East Lothian Council have recommended that people who would like to watch the demolition take the time to plan their position in advance.  Further guidance will be issued nearer to the time.

The twin chimney stacks are both 149 metres tall, and were constructed in time for the coal station opening in 1967. Cockenzie Power Station generated more than 150 Terawatt Hours (TWh) of electricity in its lifetime, enough to power the average annual electricity needs of more than 1 million homes every year during its 45 years of operation.

George Camps, ScottishPower Project Manager, said: “A lot of detailed planning is required to carry out a major demolition on this scale. This involves close co-operation with both East Lothian Council and Police Scotland, in order to ensure that we can carry out the work safely.  We will also keep the local community groups and businesses fully informed as we are able to release further details of the event.“

Inspector Andrew Harborow said: “We know that these chimneys have been an iconic site for residents and visitors to Cockenzie over the years and there will be no shortage of interest in watching the demolition.

“I would like to take this opportunity to advise those planning on coming along on the day that spaces in the local area will be limited and we will have a policing presence in place to ensure disruption to the community is kept to a minimum.

“Please consider your journey, where you intend to park and how you expect to view the demolition in advance.”

East Lothian Council Leader, Willie Innes, said: “The demolition of the Cockenzie chimneys carries mixed emotions for many local residents who have lived and worked in their shadows and consider the structures as a landmark within their community. However, the demolition will also signify a new start for the area and the council is encouraged by interest shown in new economic opportunities for the site.”

The ‘button press’ on the day of the event, which will initiate the demolition of both chimneys, will be carried out by the winner of a charity raffle that is being organised by Longniddry & District Rotary Club. In recent months ScottishPower has been working closely with local community groups as part of a new steering group to look at ways of maximising charity fundraising to coincide with the demolition.

The tickets, costing £2 each, are currently on sale at a number of local outlets until the 28th of August. The winning tickets will be drawn by the 2015 Gala Queens from Prestonpans and Cockenzie & Port Seton on the 29th of August.

Sale proceeds will be distributed evenly between the Prestonpans community, Cockenzie & Port Seton community, Longniddry & District Rotary Club, and ScottishPower’s partner charity, Cancer Research UK.
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Let Radio Saltire be part of Your Weekend

It’s the weekend and we have a line up of Fantastic Shows to keep you company. Just take look at todays schedule.

9am        : Classic Rock Anthems with Mitch Stevenson

12 noon : David Caldwell’s Saturday on Saltire

3pm       : Deuce Radio show

4pm       : Local World Café with Fiona J.

6pm       : Saturday Fusion

7pm       : Bac2Basics Old Skool hosted by Scott Gray

Whatever it is you’re looking for this weekend, you’ll find it right here on Radio Saltire


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Loretto School’s Joseph Cookson teams up with Graeme McDowell

Scotland’s First Minister gave 13 year old Loretto golfer, Joseph Cookson, the chance of a lifetime this week at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club in East Lothian .

Thirteen year-old Joseph Cookson was one of three youngsters invited by Nicola Sturgeon to play in the Scottish Government team in the Pro-Am which preceded the European Tour tournament at Gullane last Wednesday (8 July).

The First Minister asked ClubGolf, the national junior development programme, to choose the players, who were invited to a star-studded reception at Edinburgh Castle the evening before the event where she revealed they would be playing with US Open winner and Ryder Cup star Graeme McDowell.

Joseph began his ClubGolf coaching at Haddington Golf Club and attended Development Centre coaching at his home club Gullane last winter under PGA Professional Jordan Ramanauskas.

Joseph is no stranger to Gullane, being a member of the golf club. He was awarded a scholarship to the Loretto Golf Academy this year, before which he won the Simmers Cup for the best gross score by an under 13 player in the UK-wide Junior Championships organised by Loretto School last September.

Joseph said: “My first tee nerves, the pressure was extreme, but midway through the round, they started to ease off but you still got the shaky legs.  I calmed down a lot after my birdie two on the third! My game went very well from then and all the nerves were gone. The course was very challenging, the rough was up to waist height and the fairways were like concrete, and the greens got better going around.

I had an amazing time at the Scottish Open Pro Am and am very grateful for being given the opportunity to play with one of the best golfers in the world, Graeme McDowell.  It was a great experience. Graeme gave me loads of tips and if you needed help, you just asked him straight away. It was a great day and the crowds were amazing.

I am really grateful to my friends and family for all their support.”

Graeme McDowell said:

“I believe Joseph is a member at Gullane, so I’ll be picking his brain on how to play the course. ClubGolf is a great initiative, the number of youngsters it has already encouraged to take up the game is tremendous, and I’m more than happy to do my bit to help grow the game even more.

We had a really fun day at the Pro-Am at the Scottish Open. The First Minister and the Scottish Government gave up one of their slots to Clubgolf and three great young players, Anna, Joseph and Jack. They are great kids and great players and the future of Scottish Golf. It is great to see the legacy from the Ryder Cup and great for the development of golf in Scotland and I wish them all the best.”

Jonathan Hewat, Director of External Affairs at Loretto School , added, “What a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Joseph, something that he will never forget. There was much support for him on the course, including his mother, father and friends from Loretto School . Joseph joined the Loretto School and our Golf Academy in January. He is a talented young man and we are very proud of him.”

GULLANE, SCOTLAND – JULY 08: Graeme McDowell (R) of Northern Ireland lines up a putt on the second green with Joseph Cookson (L) of the ClubGolf initiative during the Pro-Am prior to the start of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club on July 8, 2015 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Sunday Session 12’th July – Ultra Events Guests

Ultra Events are helping under priviledged teenagers in Scotland attend one of the biggest music events in August! With your help, you can donate a ticket to the Make Some Noize festival – it only costs £25. Discussing more on the event and how you can still play a part, Davie Martin will be chatting to Jordan & Steph from Make Some Noize between 10.30am and 11.00am on 12’th July’s Sunday Session! Hope you can join them!

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Todays Program Schedule is Stunning

Todays Schedule is nothing less than stunning! Take a look at the line up od shows we have put together for you. It really is all here on Radio Saltire

10am : Brunch with David Caldwell

1pm : Pick n’ Mix with Craig Gordon

4pm : On the Weekend with Mike Marwick

6pm : Mitch Stevenson’s 80’s MixTape

8pm : Shorty’s Club Classics

Check back later on for our Overnight Schedule

Whatever your looking for we are confident you’ll find it here on Radio Saltire


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Only The Very Best On Radio Saltire

Today we have a fantastic line up of shows for you here on Radio Saltire.

10am : Brunch with Craig Gordon

1pm : Pick n’ Mix with David Caldwell

4pm : Saltire DriveTime Showcase

8pm : SoulTime with Daz

10.30 :BlackOnBlues with Kevin Black

Whatever your looking for you’ll find here on Radio Saltire


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Through the Night with Radio Saltire

If you’re looking for good company through the night you’ll find it right here on Saltire. Whatever your plans for the night are, Radio saltire is here for you.

8pm : Midweek Music Feast with Richard Rattray

10pm : Midweek Madhouse with Alan Godsell

Midnight: BlackOnBlues with Kevin Black

2am : Walk the Line with Craig Gordon

4am : The Davie Martin Session

7am : Ultimate 70’s with Iain Swanston


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Gullane Ready To Tee Off For The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Spectators urged to plan ahead and follow traffic advice

Several thousand golf fans will descend on East Lothian this week to watch some of the world’s best golfers battle it out for one of the most keenly contested championships in European golf at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in Gullane (9th-12th July).

Spectators will witness Justin Rose fight to retain his title against world-class players such as Phil Mickelson and Ricky Fowler just one week before the Open Championship takes place in St Andrews.

Anyone travelling in the area is urged to follow the advice given as it will help stop delays for spectators and other members of the public and reduce congestion in Gullane.

With the high volume of visitors to the area there will be heavier traffic than usual, however a number of measures have been put in place to ensure the least amount of disruption is caused. East Lothian Council has worked with the European Tour and Police Scotland to compile transport and travel information for visitors and residents which can be viewed online at

Members of the public who are not attending the Scottish Open are advised, wherever possible, to find alternative routes to the A198 through Gullane, to avoid delays. Although there is no public parking at Gullane Golf Club, a regular shuttle bus will run from a nearby public car park to the course, as well as from North Berwick train station, which spectators are encouraged to take advantage of.

Although there will be a higher level of traffic than normal, Gullane, and the rest of East Lothian, is very much open for business and visitors to the county are encouraged to see as much of ‘Scotland’s Golf Coast’ as possible. East Lothian has 40 miles of stunning coastline, golden beaches and incredible countryside and award winning food and drink producers, not to mention 22 stunning golf courses to cater for all abilities and tastes.

Councillor John McMillan, East Lothian Council’s spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “East Lothian is ready to welcome the 50,000 or so golf enthusiasts expected over the course of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. Every effort has been made to ensure that the event runs smoothly, and I would urge visitors and residents alike to take the time to read the travel advice which has been put together by East Lothian Council, Police Scotland and the event organisers and follow the instructions to minimise disruption and delays.

“Not only is East Lothian one of Scotland’s best golfing regions, it has something to offer for everyone, and I hope that the visitors take the time to see as much of East Lothian as they can, and sample some of the world-famous food and drink on offer and visit our renowned visitor attractions!”

Peter Adams, Tournament Director of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, said:  “This event is amongst the most prestigious in world golf and attracts some of the biggest names in the sport to Scotland. A great deal of effort has gone into transport planning for the tournament and with over 50,000 fans expected to attend, we would urge people attending to follow our guidance.”

A season ticket for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open can be purchased for £70 in advance of the tournament, a saving of £10 on admission at the gate. Adult day tickets are currently priced at £30, rising to £35 on the gate.

Concessions (60 and over) start at £50 for a season ticket and £20 for any one day tickets, if purchased in advance. Under-16s accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge, and all car parking is also free. Entry to the ‘Tartan Wednesday’ Pro-Am on July 8 is £12 in advance, and £15 on the day.

To book tickets visit or call 0800 023 2557.

Corporate Hospitality Packages are also available, please contact Robert Gordon on 01344 840538 or email: to request a brochure.

Further information can also be fAAM Scottish or @AAMScottishOpen
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wildfire 2015 “saltire rocks” with mitch stevenson and alan henderson

check out the new you tube site for saltire rocks, first up our interview with Death Valley Knights for wildfire festival 2015.
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A Great Line Up of Shows for you today

Todays line up of fantastic shows awaits your delectation. From top class Entertainment to News, Views and Current Affairs. It really is all here on your very own, Radio Saltire.

10am : Brunch with Craig Gordon

1pm : Pick n’ Mix with David Caldwell

4pm : Saltire Showcase

6pm : The Country Music Show with Steve Miller

8pm : Midweek Music Feast with Richard Rattray

10pm : Just The Job with Alan Godsell

Check back later on for our through the night Schedule here on Radio Saltire


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