I’m chocked: Tea­cake ty­coon tells of sur­prise over city’s Rolls row

Evening Times - - NEWS -

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.”

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