Rothesay pupils step into the Dragons’ Den

Kyle Menzies takes questions on his Zapatron spider catcher from Dragons Ron Rye, David Anderson, Douglas Lindsay and Alex Bennet.
Kyle Menzies takes questions on his Zapatron spider catcher from Dragons Ron Rye, David Anderson, Douglas Lindsay and Alex Bennet.

Primary seven pupils at Rothesay Primary School stood up in front of seven fierce dragons on Friday in the school’s own version of the Dragon’s Den TV series.

Pitches for a series of fantastic inventions were put before the seven Dragons, who had the unenviable task of choosing between the spider-catching Zapatron, a heated sofa and a jacket that charges your mobile phone as you walk, to name just a few.

The Dragons comprised a combination of current and retired Bute businessmen, plus the minister of Ardbeg Baptist Church, the Rev Ron Rye – and, as anyone who has watched Dragon’s Den on TV will know, each contestant’s pitch was followed by a series of searching questions on their product and their bid for the Dragons’ financial support.