Have a butcher’s at our great kilt walk!

Lorraine Kelly with Erin and Iain Hunter
Lorraine Kelly with Erin and Iain Hunter

A Dalkeith High first-year student and her dad – the Singing Butcher – appeared on TV last week as part of the STV Appeal.

Erin Hunter walked the 12k Kiltwalk alongside her dad, Iain Hunter, and TV’s Lorraine Kelly.

They were part of the Scottish Lamb team, promoting Quality Meat Scotland.

The family live in Pathhead and have a butcher shop in Kinross.

The father and daughter were invited to participate in the walk to represent butchers across Scotland as part of a campaign to promote lamb from the country.

As the brand ambassador, Lorraine Kelly was also present as Team Scotch Lamb tried to raise as much money as possible for the STV Children’s Appeal.

The Pathhead duo joined around 2000 people for the event which started and ended at Murrayfield Stadium.

Iain,who got his moniker as the ‘Singing Butcher’ after performances at Las Vegas and the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, said: “It was an honour to be asked to take part.

‘‘To raise £15,000 from donations from people who support their local butchers was fantastic.

“It’s a terrible fact that in this day and age there are children in our own communities who are suffering through poverty - who don’t eat regular meals who don’t have clean clothes or who just have people around them who just don’t care.”

The special day of fundraising was expected to raise more than £100,000 for children across Edinburgh and the East.

The Kiltwalk is supported by Sir Tom Hunter and the Hunter Foundation, which pledges to spend every penny of the money raised to help Scotland’s children.

The walkers were treated to the sounds of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Scottish pop stars the Bay City Rollers were on hand to lead a sing-a-long.

Paul Cooney, Kiltwalk CEO, reflected on the event, saying it had been a “day to remember” and a “brilliant way to finish this year’s series of Kiltwalks across Scotland”.

He added: “The buzz in Murrayfield ahead of the walk and at the end really was electric.

“Thousands from Edinburgh and the East rose to the challenge, all wearing kilts and ready to go first thing in the morning, unified for one cause; to make a difference to the lives of Scotland’s children.

‘‘A huge congratulations goes out to each and every person who took part”