I’m chocked: Teacake tycoon tells of surprise over city’s Rolls row
TEACAKE tycoon, Boyd Tunnock, has told of his surprise at the controversy his donation of a Rolls-Royce to Glasgow City Council has caused.
Mr Tunnock spoke after it was revealed he was the mystery donor who wanted to remain anonymous gifting the car to the city for the Lord Provost to use.
He said his request for anonymity was purely because he didn’t want any credit for his gift.
The acceptance of the donation prompted criticism at a time of austerity and concerns over transparency.
Mr Tunnock said: “I have to say I’ve been a bit surprised by the reaction to this.
“All sorts of important people come to Glasgow and I thought it would be right to give them a nice experience.”
Mr Tunnock is a known collector of classic and luxury cars and he said he was in a position to give one away.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost was silver when he owned it but the colour has been changed to black.
He added: “Glasgow always had a RollsRoyce and I was able to give mine to the city so I thought, why not?
“I really wanted this to be a good thing, but I didn’t want any credit for it, so I asked the city to keep my name quiet, but I’m quite happy for people to know it’s me.” The offer of the gift was made though Govan Labour councillor John Kane and it was approved by the council chief executive, Annemarie O’Donnell, after she carried out diligence checks.
Mr Kane was unable to be contacted by the Evening Times.
A Glasgow City Council spokesman said: “It’s important to remember this is a donation which has not cost the council anything and in fact will save money.
“It would clearly not be appropriate to buy a car such as this but having received it as a donation there will be occasions when it is appropriate to use it.”