Right said Fred - Milngavie Book and Arts Festival is offically open

4.9.12 Photograph Paul McSherry.'Milngavie Book and Art Festival.'Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie.'New Author Panel L to R'Leela Soma, Kenneth MacLeod, Moira McPartlin and David Manderson.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry 4th Sept 2012.

4.9.12 Photograph Paul McSherry.'Milngavie Book and Art Festival.'Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie.'New Author Panel L to R'Leela Soma, Kenneth MacLeod, Moira McPartlin and David Manderson.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry 4th Sept 2012.

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FUNNYMAN FRED MacAulay had everyone laughing their socks off at the official opening of Milngavie Book and Arts Festival in the Lillie Art Gallery on Tuesday evening.

The organiser of the festival and owner of Milngavie Bookshop, Susan Frize, said: “Fred was so funny, very quick witted.

“He recently walked the West Highland Way to raise money for charity so he had some hilarious stories about that.

“A chap he was with was a doctor and to stop his toes rubbing in his boots he decided to cut the off the top of his boot!

“He walked the rest of the root with his toes sticking out.

“They also had to wear midge nets over their heads although he said they didn’t get bitten too much as long as they kept walking.

“They raised a fantastic amount of £15,000 for the STV appeal for underprivileged children and he said the government will match that amount.

“However this additional money doesn’t come from taxpayers it comes from cash reclaimed from criminals.”

The audience were also interested to hear a talk by a panel of new authors about the challenges they face as writers in the digital age.

Milngavie authors Leela Soma and Kenneth MacLeod, a former pupil of Douglas Academy, were joined by Moira McPartlin from Glasgow and David Manderson from Bearsden to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of digital media and their fears for the future of libraries and bookshops.