|Sirs Helped Deacon
Blue Strike Gold
The Daily Record 24th January 2002
Dougie's disc gift to school
Dougie said: “They advised me to stick with classical music. I wasn’t so sure, but promised to take them my first gold disc. “And I did. I presented it to the music department.” Dougie, who is now a presenter on BBC Scotland’s Sportscene, is full of praise for Brian Duguid and Keith Hamilton, the teachers who set him on his musical career. He said: “They were very influential. We had a concert band, a jazz band and an orchestra.
“Brian Duguid and Keith Hamilton were brilliant teachers. “Our Christmas concerts lasted a week because so many kids were in a band or choir of some sort.” Brian, who is now arts and cultural services manager with West Lothian Council, said: “It was a fantastic time to teach. “We had 360 or 370 pupils out of 1000 in the school involved in the music programme.
“Dougie was a first class percussionist. He had a real feel for it.” He added: “It’s interesting to see him on Sportscene because he wasn’t a good footballer. He was much better on the drums.”