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Glasgow jewellery designer launches Billy Connolly broach for Parkinson’s UK

It’s been a pretty big week for The Big Yin.

He’s been given a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, received an honorary degree from Strathclyde Uni, got the news that Glasgow Live has launched a campaign for a statue to be built in tribute to his work, and even had a sandwich named after him.

And now, it’s the turn of Finnieston-based jewellery designer Mhairi MacKenzie, otherwise known as Bonnie Bling, to do her bit for Sir Billy Connolly.

The artist today unveiled her latest creation, the Billy Connolly broach.

Inspired after watching the recent TV documentary about Glasgow’s favourite son, Mhairi put pen to paper to come up with her own tribute.

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 She told Glasgow Live: “I was watching the documentary and it brought back my own memories of Billy.

“I grew up in Rothesay and I remember walking out of my house one day and seeing him standing in front of the sea, playing the banjo.

“It was a bit surreal.

“I also met him another time at Glasgow Central.

“I love him like everyone does and when I was watching the show I started doodling and then I had my design.”

Mhairi plans to donate ten per cent of every sale of the broach to Parkinson’s UK and has more creations in the pipeline.

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She added: “It’s an important cause and it’s one that’s also affected my family so it’s my way of doing something.

“I’m going to add wall hangings, necklaces and mugs to the range in the future and they will all raise cash for the charity.

“I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the reaction to the broaches so hopefully people will like the other pieces as well.”

 

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