Mulgrew's appointment is a pleasing closing of a circle. He and Bernard McLeary, LTS chief exe utive, go back a long way. As McLeary recalled, Mulgrew appointed him as an education adviser in the old Strathclyde Region days: "I spent the last 25 years trying to escape from him and now I've got him back."
McLeary has himself settled into the job, but perhaps his organisation remains a bit tentative. At last year's festival, the staff handed him his ID badge bearing the legend "Bernard McLeary, temporary visitor." This year, there was no badge at all. Ouch.