Con­nolly checks out with four-let­ter tribute to staff


The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS -

Sir Billy Con­nolly de­lighted staff at a Scots ho­tel by leav­ing them a signed photo with a foul-mouthed tribute.

The Big Yin was stay­ing at the Kin­craig Cas­tle Ho­tel in the High­lands for two days while film­ing a doc­u­men­tary.

As he was check­ing out he was asked to au­to­graph a pho­to­graph of him­self re­ceiv­ing his knight­hood at Buck­ing­ham Palace.

The 75-year-old comic signed the photo and wrote: “To the staff at Kin­craig Cas­tle, F*** Off!”

Staff at the four-star

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ho­tel near In­ver­gor­don had the signed photo framed and it will now take pride of place on one of the walls there.

They posted pho­tos of Con­nolly hap­pily pos­ing with them on so­cial me­dia and wrote: “Some of our staff pic­tured with the man him­self, Sir Billy Con­nolly (and a wee gift for the wall).

“It was a great hon­our and priv­i­lege for us to have Sir Billy Con­nolly, the ‘Big Yin’ stay­ing with us over days!”

Fo l l o w e r s of the four-star ho­tel on so­cial me­dia praised the Glas­gow stand-up.

Brenda Far­quhar wrote: “True Billy style, he told me the past cou­ple of the same in Hilton Glas­gow few years ago, good to see he’s not changed.”

Gil­lian Mackay posted: “Clas­sic Billy.”

Con­nolly is cur­rently film­ing a doc­u­men­tary for the BBC where he vis­its var­i­ous parts of Scot­land.

He has spent time in the He­brides, Wig­town­shire and last week was spot­ted film­ing in Rothe­say on the Isle of Bute.

He has also vis­ited the Dal­beat­tie Men’s Shed.

Con­nolly was di­ag­nosed with Parkin­son’s dis­ease in 2013 but has said he is de­ter­mined to keep on work­ing and has con­tin­ued tour­ing and mak­ing tele­vi­sion pro­grammes.

He re­ceived his knight­hood from Prince Wil­liam last Oc­to­ber af­ter be­ing hon­oured for ser­vices to en­ter­tain­ment and char­ity.

A spokesman for the ho­tel de­clined to com­ment.

FAREWELL GIFT: Sir Billy Con­nolly signed the pho­to­graph af­ter he stayed at the Kin­craig Cas­tle Ho­tel, near In­ver­gor­don

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