Your Local People… Alan Rae

Having collected Scottish art for many years, Alan Rae decided to turn his interest into a business by opening Fidra Fine Art in his North Berwick home in 2012. After many successful years, the gallery moved to Gullane’s main street last year, where exhibitions of contemporary Scottish artists are complemented by work from some of…

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Re-gin-eration

Once considered mother’s ruin, gin is now the modern tipple of choice. Gin parties, gin menus, ginvent calendars and even a gin hotel – the UK’s renewed passion for all things gin is fast creating a whole new industry and craft distilleries offering unique blends are on the rise. We caught up with East Lothian…

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Q&A… Tom Kitchin

Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin and his award-winning team have recently opened their fourth Edinburgh restaurant, Southside Scran, in the heart of Bruntsfield. But they’re also expanding east with the opening of The Bonnie Badger in Gullane. We caught up with Tom to ask him a few questions… What is your greatest achievement? As a father…

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Your Local People… Janine O’Rourke

Janine O’Rourke runs her two businesses Rooart Framing and The Mad Scrapper from The Sands in Haddington. Opening its doors last summer, the gallery houses both her bespoke picture framing service and her scrapbook shop. A keen scrapbooker, Janine sells a variety of paper craft items, mixed media products, stamps and a small selection of…

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Q&A… George Birrell

Scottish Contemporary artist George Birrell was born and brought up in the west end of Glasgow. George trained at the Glasgow School of Art from 1967 to 1971 and, after graduating, went on to teach art and design in Scottish schools for the next decade, before turning to paint full time in 1980. George became…

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Lord of the Strings

The creation of high-quality violins, violas and cellos is a slow, patient, calming craft that has largely remained unchanged since the 1800s. And it is an art being performed right here, in East Lothian. Customers are often surprised when Colin Adamson answers the door to his workshop. There are stereotypes associated with those engaged with…

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Your Local People… Peter & Jenny Maniam

Rogue Village evolved from Peter and Jenny Maniam’s desire to create events which would last long in people’s memories. Inspired by the arts, design and nostalgia, they aim to produce laid back, welcoming and captivating experiences. Their ever-evolving stable of events including Hobo Cinema, Canteen Street Food Festival and A Christmas Fairy Trail. They’re always…

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