Power cut doesn’t stop show
AN awards ceremony at Perth Theatre was one of the casualties of a power cut which hit the city centre.
However, organisers of the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland were undaunted and resumed the event after a brief unscheduled interval.
A theatre spokesman said: “In true showbiz style, the show went on with the audience and presenters gathering in the foyer for the short duration of the power cut. When power was restored, the ceremony continued in the auditorium.”
Other venues were not so lucky, with Perth Playhouse cinema reporting losses running into thousands of pounds as a result of the afternoon outage. The cinema said it lost more than £5,500 in ticket sales alone when projectors failed to work during the screening of a live opera.
It’s understood more than 50 customers were there at the time.
A spokesperson for SSE said: “About 491 customers were affected by the fault.”
Now a local trade union leader is calling for assurances over the clearing of rubbish from Dundee streets following the reports.
Irene Mitchell, of Balgarthno Road, said she had been shocked to watch the “smartly dressed” man load the bags into the car.
Mrs Mitchell, 64, said the man – dressed in a jumper and trousers but wearing gloves – arrived to remove the bags following complaints that rubbish had been allowed to build up on her street for nine weeks.
Mrs Mitchell said she had complained after the rubbish was not removed.
She added: “Following my complaint, the man appeared.
“I was quite surprised as I watched him remove several bags of rubbish and load them into the car.
“I would have expected a bin lorry to come and take away the rubbish, not a man in a small car.”
George Barr, local convener of Unite’s environmental division, said he had been in touch with the council about the matter.
Mr Barr added: “I was told that a supervisor had indeed collected rubbish in the back of the car, but this had been a one-off situation to get rubbish cleared from the street following complaints.
“I have expressed the union’s concerns to the council and am seeking assurances that this won’t happen again.
“I’m prepared to accept that this happened in a bid to clear the mess on the street but it is not acceptable.