Taking the Colin;Jotter

24th April 1998 at 01:00
Colin O'Brien, heidie at Clydebank High, is never one to have the wool pulled over. Usually.

But after much humming and hawing in West Dunbartonshire headquarters, it was agreed the education committee will leave its Dumbarton abode and travel east to O'Brien's pad on June 3, to celebrate the school's 125th anniversary. A noble occasion.

The centenary landmark in 1973 was somehow missed, so this is in compensation. Councillors will be given a tour of the school, meet pupils and staff and enjoy the hospitality as well as conducting their democratic business.

But there is a cost, as O'Brien found out to his consternation. When council papers hit his desk he recoiled at the pound;5,000 charge levied against his own devolved budget.

The fizzing heidie hastily phoned HQ to berate officials. But the wonders of word processing had ensured that only his papers carried the sentence about the five grand.

And the date on the papers? April 1.

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