Power cut doesn’t stop show

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - COURT REPORTS -

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.

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