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Arbroath Connections - Andy Stewart MBE

Andywas born in Glasgow in 1933, the son of a teacher. He moved to Arbroath as a child, and then trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.
He had several hit singles - "Come in-Come in", "Donald Where's Yer Troosers?", "A Scottish Soldier" (36 weeks in the UK Singles Chart in 1961), "Campbeltown Loch", "The Muckin' O' Geordie's Byre", "The Road to Dundee", "Tunes Of Glory", and "Dr. Finlay" (1965).

Donalds Where's Yer Troosers song


He is also remembered for being the compere of the The White Heather Club. This was a BBC Scotland television programme that existed as an annual New Year's Eve party (1957 - 1968), and also as a weekly early evening series (1960 - 1968). "Donald Where's Yer Troosers?" was a hit in 1961 and again in 1989. Andy does an Elvis Presley impersonation half way through the song. On the strength of this comedy hit, Andy toured Australia and appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in 1968, doing impersonations of Dean Martin.
His skill with different accents is also evident on "The Rumour", where the rumour moves across Scotland and into Ireland, with Andy speaking in a different accent for each place.
His albums, such as Scottish Soldier and Andy Stewart's Scotland, were also popular internationally.
In retirement he moved back to Arbroath and died there in 1993. Before he died he did a small concert at Arbroath High School (which he had attended) for the pupils. A sheltered housing scheme in Arbroath, 'Andy Stewart Court', was named in his memory.
Stewart was awarded an MBE in 1976.

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