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Scots left without electricity on Christmas Day as storms batter the country

A Scottish Hydro spokesman said: “Engineers have been nike air working to repair the faults since 6am and we expect to have everything repaired by early afternoon, some affected areas are in very remote locations like Yell but we are working to get staff to sort them as well.”

Around 400 staff were working to reconnect the remaining properties and hoped to have power restored by last night.

Meanwhile, gales of up to 109mph caused travel chaos for Scots heading home for Christmas and the wind and rain look set to return on Friday.

Gusts of up to 80mph are expected to hit some parts, with up to 40mm of rainfall.

Two weather warnings, one for wind and one for rain, have been issued covering parts of Orkney

and Shetland, the Highlands and Islands, Grampian, Strathclyde, Central, Tayside, Fife, south west Scotland and Lothian and Borders.

Near 70mph gusts are forecast in the east, 60mph in the north and 50mph in the Central Belt.

Yesterday, forecasters warned of more flooding and issued warnings for the Central Belt, south and southern Highlands for 10 20mm of rain widely and more than 40mm in parts.

Heavy rain is also forecast for Scotland’s east, west and north.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Widespread gales are expected with gusts of over 60mph over coastal areas and high ground.

“Spells of rain affecting the UK late Thursday and Friday are expected to be heavy at times.

“It is not expected to be generally as severe as recent storms, although rain falling on saturated ground brings the risk of further flooding and the highest snow risk is over Scotland.”

Councils were again on standby yesterday to open village and church halls for stranded travellers.

Traffic Scotland also advised motorists to take care on the roads.

A spokesman said: “Widespread gales are expected to develop late during Thursday night or Friday night bringing gusts of o nike air ver 50 or 60 mph inland and gusts to 70 or 80 mph to some coastal areas and high ground. The public should be aware of potential for disr nike air uption, especially where the

high winds are combined with heavy rainfall.”

On Christmas Eve, the country was battered by high winds with gusts of up to 109mph over the hilltops in Wester Ross.

Gusts of 82mph were recorded in Peterhead on Tuesday, with 77mph gusts in Inverbervie and 75mph gusts on South Uist. In Aberdeenshire, an elderly woman died following a two vehicle crash on the A90 a mile south of Fraserburgh.

The road was closed for several hours.

Police said it was too early to determine if weather was a factor in the incident.

Further north, part of the roof of Thurso High School was ripped off by the high winds on Tuesday.

A police spokeswoman said: “A large piece of the felt roof had blown off and become caught in a tree on Ormlie Road, Thurso. Two vehicles have sustai nike air ned damage.”

In Elgin on Christmas Eve, three families had to be evacuated from their homes after part of a building on Linkwood Road collapsed.

A police spokeswoman said: “A substantial section of the building had fallen onto the road and the collapse is thought to be due to the strong winds experienced in the area.

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Scots keeping it real on the red carpet at glitzy movie premieres

VIRTUAL crash helmets on I’m about to name drop so much you’ll need a protective cushion.

Given that my mates usually convene in old men’s pubs in Partick, I’d like to share my latest encounters with the glitterati.

You see, I’ve been strutting down the red carpet (rocking Primark FY nike air I ) and mixing with proper A list celebrities at not o nike air ne, but two, movie premieres, dahlinks.

Good Scottish films are like buses, none for ages then two appear at the same time.

My first invite was to Sunshine on Leith, an uplifting musical take on Stephen Greenhorn’s stage play tale of two lads returning to Edinburgh from Afghanistan. The film uses songs from The Proclaimers to drive the narrative and had me in tears at the weepy bits and singing along throughout. The young leads are great but veteran actor Peter Mullan effortlessly steals every scene.

I got to interview the stars before their big night. With the London PR girls watching like hawks, Peter greeted me with a laugh as he reminded me the last time we met I had him in a free bar induced headlock at a Proclaimers gig.

My guise as a professional journalist yet again exposed by the reality of my previous bampottery.

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Thankfully, he’s not only a brilliant actor, he’s a hoot and revelled in the fact that one critic said he sings like a whale. It must be the Pisces in me but there’s nothing fishy about his performance.

Director Dexter Fletcher was as wonderfully eccentric as I’d wish a film director to be. He oozed enthusiasm and I believed the cast who agreed it was the best set they’d worked on.

Craig and Charlie Reid, aka The Proclaimers, were on top form. If I ever organise a night for my favourite famous people, they’re top of the list. They were both hyper at the prospect of their wee mum putting on a posh frock for a night out.

On the red carpet, I spotted Irvine Welsh, Gavin Hastings, Blythe Duff, Grant Stott and many of the cast of River City.

I said hello quickly as I ushered my radio co host Ewen Cameron to his seat before his bag burst under the weight of his Tesco Express sweetie and juice carry out.

Less than a week later I was on the red carpet again, at the Omni Vue in Edinburgh, for the world premiere of Filth, based on Irvine Welsh’s novel.

My top spot on this night was Andy Murray’s bubbly mum Judy, eating dinner in the Filling Station restaurant.

The following morning, Irvine Welsh and the star of the film, James McAvoy, popped into our studios. McAvoy is a proper Hollywood leading man, yet he was fun, intelli nike air gent and not afraid to speak his mind.

The Glasgow boy has done well. From playing Bobby Buckfast in panto in Kirkcaldy, he’s now part of the multimillion dollar X Men franchise. He is also phenomenal as the deeply disturbed yet hilariously flawed police officer Bruce Robertson in Filth, which makes Trainspotting look like Mary Poppins.

Both Irvine and James were a pleasure to chat to and, like Peter Mullan, in true Scottish style, they were completely incapable of toeing any polished corporate line.