My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports.
In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association.
After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014.
My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.
We had an excellent afternoon in the Garden with good food and wine, courtesy of Tony from Vittoria’s to whom we extend our heartfelt thanks. Thanks also to The 1761 Dixie Style Jazz Band for the music and the weather gods for occasional glimpses of the sun.
Herewith some pictures of the day, if there are more pictures out there, please get in touch we would love to add them.
But Oh, Madam Chair – “Where did you get that hat?”
Unfortunately due to ill health Bill Chalmers has had to retire from active involvement in the Friends. BIll has been a stalwart of the Friends for 18 years and we would very much like to thank him wholeheartedly for all he has done for the Garden. We wish him well.
At the recent AGM a new Friends of Hopetoun Crescent Garden committee was elected as follows. We wish them well for the coming year.
The garden has had a bit of a makeover in recent weeks with the planting of some shrubs and the labelling of some of the trees. There is now a “tree trail” that you can follow through the garden to learn more about trees.
The Garden has had another reason for good cheer with the awarding of a Green Flag for the year 2016/2017. The Garden received its first green flag in 2009 and we are delighted to have achieve it again. Well done to all concerned.
The 2016 Garden Party
FRIENDS OF HOPETOUN CRESCENT GARDEN invite you and your family to Our 2016 GARDEN PARTY which will take place on SUNDAY 21st AUGUST from 1pm to 4pm. All ages welcome.
ENTERTAINMENT by the 1761 Dixieland Style Band (6 musicians + singer)
REFRESHMENTS courtesy of Vittoria’s
PLEASE RSVP BY 19th AUGUST to: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 0131 556 0903