Rocker re­veals African sum­mit trib­ute to lost dad

‘This will com­plete his journey’

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - Exclusive -

SCOT­LAND’S na­tional po­lice force will hand back mil­lions of pounds from its bud­get be­cause it can’t spend the money quickly enough.

Se­nior fig­ures from Po­lice e Scot­land will meet with the Gov­ern­ment next week to dis­cuss re­turn­ing a sub­stan­tial sum of re­form fund­ing.

It has pre­vi­ously been re­ported Po­lice Scot­land is set to “un­der­spend” its cap­i­tal re­form bud­gets by £22 mil­lion this year.

Scot­tish Po­lice Author­ity chair­man Andrew Flana­gann said clar­ity was needed overr whether the force could keep the money or whetherr it should “make a de­fin­i­tive state­ment of how much we want to hand back”.

Fish,Fish El­lie and the ring ththat be­longed to BerBert.

Rocker Fish is send­ing his dad’s trea­sured Ma­sonic ring to the sum­mit of Africa’s high­est moun­tain, to pay trib­ute to his fa­ther Bert who died fol­low­ing a cancer bat­tle last year.

Bert, who ran the fam­ily garage Dick Bros in Dalkeith, served with the Royal Elec­tri­cal and Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neers and was at­tached to the Kings Ri­fles in Tan­za­nia dur­ing his na­tional ser­vice in the 1950s.

He was sta­tioned close to Mount Kil­i­man­jaro and once made an at­tempt on the slopes. He made it half way up be­fore he and his friends were turned back by bad weather.

It was a life­long am­bi­tion of Bert’s to one day re­turn and scale the 19,341 foot- high peak but it was a dream that was never re­alised. He passed away in May last year, aged 87.

In his me­mory for­mer Mar­il­lion front­man Fish – real name Derek Dick

Mount Kil­i­man­jaro. – has given his niece El­lie Gibbs her grand­fa­ther’s beloved ring to take to the top of Kil­i­man­jaro this week. It will be left in a se­cret hid­ing place on the sum­mit.

“Dad loved Africa, and the peo­ple, and he would have stayed there for good if he hadn’t had to come home and run the fam­ily busi­ness,” Fish said. “He of­ten talked about re­turn­ing to climb Kil­i­man­jaro but sadly that never hap­pened.

“When El­lie gets to the sum­mit and places his ring there, it will hope­fully com­plete the journey for him.”

El­lie, 21, be­gins the ad­ven­ture this week. She hit on the idea to scale the moun­tain a few days af­ter Bert’s pass­ing and is us­ing the tip to raise money for Cancer Re­search UK.

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