Krankies back campaign to save North Bute

THE campaign to save North Bute Primary School from closure has received celebrity backing thanks to the endorsement of Ian and Janette Tough – better known to millions across the globe as The Krankies.

Ian’s brother Alastair runs the sub post office in nearby Ardbeg, and the couple have urged council officials to “think very carefully before destroying communities, islands and rural areas”.

They said in a statement: “With strong longstanding family connections on the island, we acknowledge the importance of North Bute Primary to its community and the respect for their cause, and we want to add our full support to them.

“A local primary like North Bute is the heart of the community for children and parents alike, and it’s vital to all the families on the island.

“So please rethink the plans to close this obviously brilliant school.”

The Krankies made their first TV appearance in 1973 and received an award for Comedy Act of the Year five years later.

They still perform regularly in the UK and Australia, and made a return to the Scottish pantomime stage in 2010, six years after Janette suffered head injuries when she fell ten feet from a beanstalk during a matinee performance at the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow.