A Christmas greeting from a Hollywood heart-throb would be top of many people's wish list – and that dream has now come true for staff at one Scottish college.
Two-time Oscar winner George Clooney recorded a message of good wishes to employees at West College Scotland on his recent visit to Scotland, which has now been shared on the college’s website and social networking accounts.
The college’s unique Christmas message was made possible by media lecturer Campbell Gray and David Donaldson, a media technician, who were the only camera team to be allowed access to Social Bite, a social enterprise café that Clooney visited during his trip to Edinburgh last month. Their pictures were used by media around the world.
Mr Gray said meeting the Hollywood star had been “a memorable occasion, both in a professional and a personal sense”. He explained the café owners wanted a record of the visit and he was approached to organise this. “On the day, the place was packed and really buzzing with excitement. It was great to be the only media there. I suppose I was a bit cheeky asking George to record a message for West College Scotland but he was delighted to oblige. In fact, he gave us two takes – just in case the first didn’t work!”
He added: “David and I are really proud of what we did and we hope all our colleagues at West College Scotland enjoy the Christmas message we brought back.”
West College Scotland principal Audrey Cumberford congratulated the two staff members for their “initiative and professionalism”, adding: “It’s a great boost and a wonderful way for West College Scotland to end another successful year.”