Scot­land – the love hate re­la­tion­ship

Pair join Hol­ly­wood stars in new TV ad

Ayrshire Post - - Ayrshire People - Abi Smil­lie

An Ayr­shire duo are shar­ing the lime­light with A- list celebri­ties in a new TV ad­vert.

Join­ing Hol­ly­wood ac­tors Brian Cox and Ger­ard But­ler on the big screen is 11- year- old Orla Watkins from Holm­ston Pri­mary and Big Sparra Vinyl record shop owner Ian Wal­lace.

The pair star in the ad­vert as part of the Na­tional Trust for Scot­land’s new cam­paign, For the Love of Scot­land – ask­ing Scots what they love and hate about their coun­try.

The three- minute long ad aims to boost mem­ber numbers and in­crease donors for the con­ser­va­tion char­ity.

The film fea­tures TV favourites and sports stars like Sir Chris Hoy, Judy Mur­ray, Alex McLeish and TV pre­sen­ter An­drea McLean.

Sir Chris re­veals he hates pot­holes but loves how Scots can be the best in the world, while Ger­ard loves moun­tains, lochs and Robert Burns, but hates midges. The ad, which made its de­but last month, is thought to be the long­est Scot­tish TV ad­vert ever made.

Orla, who was picked af­ter the crew stayed at her mum’s guest house in Ayr, said “I love the food– my mum and gran make the best mince and tat­ties. “Most of all, I love where we live. “We are close to the beach so I can go for long walks when­ever I want and get an ice- cream.” Ian, whose shop, Big Sparra Vinyl, was one of the main lo­ca­tions in the film, said: “I’d do any­thing to pub­li­cise Scot­land – Ayr in par­tic­u­lar.

“Any­thing that can en­cour­age peo­ple to come here is my cup of tea.

He added: “I’ve lived all over the world – LA, Hong Kong, you name it – but that’s the thing about Scots – the fur­ther we get away, the more we love it.”

Ian Wal­lace

Orla Watkins

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