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Head teacher 'really excited and really proud'

BBC Breakfast

Sharon Watson

The head teacher at Holyrood Secondary in Glasgow, Sharon Watson, says it has been a "challenging" time for staff, pupils and parents.

She told the BBC that staff used "everything they knew" about their pupils to help decide their grades.

Ms Watson was watching some of her pupils as they were sent their results by text message.

"It's really great to be here," she said. "You can’t not, as head teacher, be really excited and really proud of all the young people that are here, but also all the young people that are at home, and opening their results just now.

"So well done to all of you from me. You deserve it, you’ve done everything you should have."

'I’m just so happy, I can’t believe it': Pupils get end-of-year results

BBC Breakfast

Dionne and father

Pupils from Scotland's largest school - Holyrood Secondary in Glasgow - have been receiving their results after a tense few months waiting.

Highers student Dionne said she "didn't know what to expect" from her results, which have been based on past work rather than exams this year because of the pandemic.

“I got exactly what I was hoping for, so it means I’m going to university and I’m just so happy. I can’t believe it," she said.

Her father said he was "so proud" of his daughter.

“She’s done so much better than I could have ever done at school," he told BBC Breakfast.

"It’s been such a time of uncertainty and it’s a massive wait over now."

Peter and parents

Another pupil at the school, Peter said he was "just delighted" to get five As in his subjects.

“I was hoping for it because I got that in my prelims, so I would have been a wee bit disappointed if I hadn’t - but I’m really happy and relieved now," he said.

The Lisbon Lions with the European Cup

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Scotland

Celtic current squad would be talked about like the Lisbon Lions if they win a 10th title in a row, says manager Neil Lennon.

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Fresh cluster 'could be in office, housing area or hospitality venue'

A woman walks past a 'Glasgow Endures' sign
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A possible coronavirus "cluster" is being investigated in the Glasgow area after 14 new cases reported there.

Linda Bauld, professor of public health at Edinburgh University, says it may be an office environment, as we saw at a call centre in Lanarkshire, or alternatively, a particular housing block or area.

"Or – which would be more difficult to handle – it might be linked to a night out, or people being in a hospitality venue," Prof Bauld tells BBC Radio Scotland. "The key now is to follow them up, as they did in Lanarkshire."

Fresh clusters are more likely in urban areas, she says, and we should expect "more of this in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen as you have more people moving around, particularly in close spaces".

"We’re going to see rises, but the [Test and Protect] system is in a much better place than it was a few months ago," she adds.

BreakingPotential coronavirus cluster being investigated in Greater Glasgow and Clyde


Nicola Sturgeon confirms 18,580 people now have tested positive for Covid-19, an increase of 22 from yesterday.

That's 0.7% of those that were newly tested yesterday.

She says 14 of the 22 new cases are in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area.

A possible cluster of patients is under investigation by the health board and an incident management meeting will take place later this afternoon, she says.

Care home

Marc Ellison

Data journalist, BBC Scotland

When the BBC's Marc Ellison set out to map Scotland's 1,950 care home deaths he found the task surprisingly difficult.

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Leigh Griffiths and Neil Lennon

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Scotland

Neil Lennon has "nothing but praise" for Leigh Griffiths after the Celtic striker improved his fitness while his team-mates were on camp in France.

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Celtic & Rangers fans

Martin Watt

BBC Scotland

With Celtic one title win away from a record-breaking achievement, and Rangers desperate to stop them, why does 10-in-a-row matter so much?

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Severe disruption: A81 Glasgow City both ways

BBC News Travel

A81 Glasgow City both ways severe disruption, between Farnell Street and Corn Street.

A81 Glasgow City - A81 Garscube Road in Glasgow closed and queues in both directions between the Farnell Street junction and the Corn Street junction, because of a gas leak.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Volunteers help homeless off Glasgow streets during lockdown

Mornings with Jackie Brambles

BBC Radio Scotland

A homeless person on the street
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Despite only being established last October, the Kindness Homeless Street Team has had a huge impact on the lives of rough sleepers in Glasgow, helping 50-60 into their own accommodation during the coronavirus crisis.

The work of founder Laura McSorley, whose team provides meals, clothing, furniture and other essential items to people in need, has recently been recognised by the Prime Minister's office.

While other organisations decided they could no longer operate on the streets at the start of lockdown, Ms McSorley decided her team, which she started in October, would continue to provide support.

The first few weeks were "really challenging", she told BBC Radio Scotland.

"It was desperation," she said. "At first they didn’t think we would come back so there was a fight for food and clothing. But once they knew we were going to become a regular thing, they became far more approachable and relaxed in the environment, and relationships have blossomed."

With the help of 50-60 volunteers, including 22 chefs who helped out while their restaurants were closed, the team now run a seven-day operation.

"It has been absolutely outstanding," she added. "A whole host of lovely people have really stepped up. We have made some lifelong friends."

Great Scottish Run cancelled

Paul O'Hare

BBC Scotland News

Great Scottish Run
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Scotland's biggest mass participation sporting event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Great Scottish Run 10k and half marathon was due to take place in Glasgow on Sunday 4 October.

The weekend festival also features a 100m toddler dash, junior 2.5k and a 1-mile family run in George Square.

Organisers said there was "no option" to stage the races as planned, or at a later date in the year.

Runners can roll their place into the 2021 event, which is scheduled to take place on 3 October, or request a refund.

Other high profile races cancelled this year include the Edinburgh Marathon, Loch Ness Marathon and the Great North Run.

An update on the London Marathon, which was re-scheduled for 4 October, is due next week.

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Son relieved 'Hagrid' father could finally visit barber shop

Angie Brown

BBC Scotland news reporter

James Spooner
James Spooner

A father-of-two who had not had his hair or beard cut for 20 weeks due to the coronaivrus lockdown said he was "relieved" barber shops had reopened in Scotland.

James Spooner, 48, queued to get into his barber, Danyar in Pollokshaws in Glasgow, as soon as it opened.

Mr Spooner said his 10-year-old son had become embarrassed by his father's overgrown appearance and wanted him to get to the hairdressers as soon as he could.

Mr Spooner, said: "I was due a haircut when we went into lockdown so it's grown considerably, I've never had a beard that bushy or hair that long.

"Children in the street were calling me Hagrid and caveman and I wouldn't turn on the video during work Zoom meetings as friends had been calling me Neptune.

"It felt colder walking home with less hair and it felt strange not to have my hair blowing in the wind any more."

James Spooner
James Spooner