Patrick Gunning chats to The Buteman

Patrick Gunning (centre) with Michael Russell MSP and Baird of Bute Society founder Chris Markwell.
Patrick Gunning (centre) with Michael Russell MSP and Baird of Bute Society founder Chris Markwell.

A former Rothesay Academy pupil now leading pioneering work on developing a cure for cancer was honoured in his home town this week.

Patrick Gunning, who currently lives and works in Toronto, spoke to The Buteman at the Baird of Bute Society’s annual dinner, at which he received the organisation’s inaugural Scottish Innovation Award, presented by Argyll and Bute MSP and Scotland’s cabinet secretary for education, Michael Russell.

“I spent all my formative years here,” Patrick said. “Bute was a great place to grow up. I had a great childhood, playing tennis and football and riding my bike anywhere I could.

“It’s very nice to be recognised by your own island. If Bute had an awesome university I’d be delighted to come back and work here!”

* Read more from our exclusive chat with Patrick Gunning in the September 27 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.