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Glasgow looks fantastic inside and out. Stylish design doesn’t just happen. It must first be imagined in order to be created. And it has to be created to be appreciated. We bring you examples of designers, design, style and imagination that have been created for your appreciation.




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37 Front Cover Doreen Smith Interiors

6 The Sterling Furniture LOOKBOOK - The trends that will keep your home looking hot this season 24 Top Interior designer Doreen Smith shares her tips on making a house a beautiful home.

56 FOUNDATION - the story of our city. An enthralling exhibition from Charles Randak of Randak Designs 60 LED Lighting: the efficient way to light the way.

37 Doors Open Day - 15th - 16th September. This weekend should be on everyone’s calendar

66 Passive design Architect Ewan Cameron talks about the future

40 Glasgow Building Preservation Trust - 30 years of saving our architectural heritage

75 Empty Nest Don’t rush to move until you have read the advice from Morton Frasers LLP.

44 Ken Palmer was a prolific and progressive artist. His work is available from Raymond Pettigrew Antiques.

80 LPS tells us why Rental Deposits will be as safe as houses.

46 The Lighthouse - Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. 7 floors hat are guaranteed to change your perspective on Glasgow.



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Inspired by the catwalk collections of D & G, Chanel, Dior and Ralph Lauren and others, the Lookbook is for the style conscious interiors fan who favours contemporary looks and quality pieces. The visual guide to home styling features everything for the home, from dining room sets to suites and mugs, rugs, tassles and towels plus top tips from Sterling's design team, styling advice and colour inspiration. With home fashion firmly on Sterling's radar the six diverse looks are showcased in a compact Lookbook which aims to highlight to the interior designer within everyone just how easy it is to achieve fashion - forward looks at reasonable high street prices. View the Lookbook at, and


Bringing catwalk style to home decor and getting the most up to date trends for the home needn't be expensive. The approach taken to home decorating has changed significantly over the years with style and longevity at the top of shoppers lists. With this in mind we have made our looks perennial and less seasonal to ensure that each of our six looks endures. Gordon Mearns, Managing Director Sterling Furniture

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Dolce Vita Italian glamour

La Belle Maison French twist

Harvard confident Country Club

Paradise Island Exotic brights

Fifties Retro mid century modern

Heather Bracken Tartan trends Local branches Glasgow 0141 754 1144 and Uddingstan 01698 811555 Check online for full details and availability

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Heather Bracken Tasteful mauves, romantic velvet, subtle tartan highlights all add up to elegant relaxation ... and cosy evenings. Stylish surroundings inspired by rustic, classic elements and proudly brought to you by Sterling Furniture. Local branches: Glasgow 0141 764 1144 and Uddingston 01698 811555 Check online for full details and availability

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Have fun bringing some tropical colour into your home. Think turquoise, hibiscus pink, lush greens and bursts of neon. Bright, fresh... and sizzling hot right now from Sterling Furniture. Local branches: Glasgow 0141 764 1144 and Uddingston 01698 811555 Check online for full details and availability

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Dolce Vita

Stylish living is not just for the glitterati in Milan, Paris or New York. You can enjoy the decadent delights of sumptuous furnishings without the need to break the bank at Monte Carlo... Live the good life and enjoy the sensational savings at Sterling Furniture. Local branches: Glasgow 0141 764 1144 and Uddingston 01698 811555 Check online for full details and availability

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Comforting & comfortable furniture. Beautiful, traditional and natural. Add strong navy and vibrant red, and you get a variety of home wares that blend together to create a homely environment. You don’t need a college degree to know that’s a winning formula ... With Sterling Furniture it’s as simple as apple pie. Local branches: Glasgow 0141 764 1144 and Uddingston 01698 811555 Check online for full details and availability

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It’s not Grandma’s kitsch-en anymore ... Classic good looks will always be in vogue and so will your home with these funky furnishings and accessories for the lounge, dining room and kitchen. They don’t make them like they used... Sterling Furniture improved them. Local branches: Glasgow 0141 764 1144 and Uddingston 01698 811555 Check online for full details and availability

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PRESTIGE whistling kettle enamel - Almond £


ORLA KIELY multi flower mug £


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GENOVA Art silk rug £

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La Belle Maison The ideal choice when you are looking to transform a bedroom into a blissful boudoir. The sophistication and beauty of French chic create the perfect sanctuary, the place that dreams are made of and made in..... C’est magnifique... C’est Sterling Furniture. Local branches: Glasgow 0141 764 1144 and Uddingston 01698 811555 Check online for full details and availability

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have built their recusation creating timeless, classic and contemporary interiors for Show homes, commercial, and Residential property that are both functional and inspiring. Over twenty five years in the interior design industry and Doreen still exudes a passion for her work. Her wealth of experience extends to writing and contributing on a regular basis to a number of home style magazines and newspapers including the Scotsman and the Herald in particular, using her skills to judge the entries for their prestigious property awards for the last five years, including this year. Doreen specialises in creating uniquely designed interior spaces that are personal to you. Her company web sites, offer a number of services including an online store for a relaxing shopping experience or even inspiration. Offering Designer style and quality that you won’t find on the High Street. An assortment of traditional & contemporary fabrics, desirable furniture, luxurious soft furnishing, lighting, mirrors and accessories, with Gift vouchers available. The perfect location whether you need a few finishing touches or a professionally designed project from conception to completion. Catering for the home, property market, (selling or renting), a business premise, a commercial redesign, or styling for a photo shoot. Doreen Smith Interiors offers the ideal design solution and expertise. Here Doreen offers a little insight into the what it takes to make a beautiful and comfortable home...

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The interior design of any home should reflect the owners personality and taste. As an interior designer its my job to listen to what the client is trying to achieve, offer advice and ideas ensuring that the space is used most effectively to create rooms that flow and create the right atmosphere. Designing a unique in- dividual scheme by bringing together all ideas.

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Areas to consider: What you feel comfortable with, how you intend to use the space and of course the size of the room to make the best use of space. Large pieces of furniture will make a room look and feel smaller. So proportion is important. Choosing the right focal point, points or element for each room is important. Apart from the obvious focal wall, statement pieces such as lighting, individual style chairs, piece of furniture, texture, colour can create the right atmosphere and style. Mirrors positioned on left right or facing wall will depth, and other dimension light to a room, making it more spacious.

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Mixing styles is most effective. A mixture of contemporary and traditional style will give a unique identity to any interior. The attention to detail with finishing touches is what makes a room unique, creates luxury, opulence or a theme etc.

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Key pieces of furniture, and well chosen accessories, lighting and wall coverings bring a look together. Custom furniture adds to the feel of luxury within a home.

Lighting plays an essential part in interiors and its so important to get it right as it creates the atmosphere, feel and look of a room.

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People enjoy the social space that open plan living offers, which is created by integrating living spaces together. This will certainly make any home appear larger and spacious. Using space and colour well is crucial. While most people know what they like when they se it, they find it difficult to visualise the actual interior design aspect: colours, textures, fabrics etc and furnishings together. When I am working on a project I visualise wandering through the particular room I am creating, seeing everything in position, then I know the overall design will work. It is up to me to help the client visualise exactly how the finished room will look. That’s why I supply a sample board and not a mood board, to let the client see the layout of the room, and all furnishing fabric etc that will be used on the project.


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A museum of thoughts Opened in 1999 and re-established 10 years later as Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture, the Lighthouse's reputation is renowned by students, professionals and industry insiders at home and overseas. What isn't so well known is the fact that the centre is open to the general public too!...

Housed in the former offices of the Glasgow Herald, the neon lit entrance surfacing in the narrow, cobbled Mitchell Lane, the Lighthouse is an impressive and refreshing addition to the landscape of council run education and resource initiatives; an alternative to the relic museums that already enrich our cultural environment. Don't be mislead by the title, you don't need to be involved in the worlds of Architecture or Design to be allowed to access this centre or to find it interesting - this is a relaxing and very welcoming setting for what I consider to be a 'museum of thoughts.'

An overflowing calendar of exhibitions, lectures, workshops and shows covering a wide spectrum of design concepts ensures that there are many reasons to visit the Lighthouse. Come and have a look even if you are just curious about seeing Glasgow as you may have never seen it before.

The Lighthouse offers FREE entry, unrestricted access via a lift to six of the seven floors and a welcome to all. Pick up a directory from the front desk and off you go... I intended to be in there for a half hour tops and reluctantly left after three hours but I could happily have stayed for three more.

The facilities include space for study, research and maybe surprisingly to shop for designer home wares, with icon laden TOJO on the ground floor, and exclusive Glasgow centric gifts and 'Toshie' Mackintosh on level 3. You might even be tempted to take in the city skyline or something from the tasty menu in the casual restaurant on Level 5.

Take advantage of the perfect opportunity and visit the Lighthouse on Doors Open Day in September.

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Although the main attractions are the permanent and temporary exhibitions and workshops contained in this inspired choice of location - the first public commission for architect, designer and then Draughtsman Charles Rennie Mackintosh whilst apprenticed to Architectural firm Honeyman and Keppie - glimpses of the original features blended with the modern are a permanent display in their own right, encouraging you to spend as much time looking up, down, around and in between the actual activities. The flow of the building made digesting the influx of stimuli an education by subtle osmosis!

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Shaping Places David Adams and Steve Tiesdell 5th September - 7th October The shaping Places exhibition supports the launch of David Adams and Steve Tiesdell's final collaborative publication.

Churches in the Modern World 5th September - 17th October Roman Catholic Architecture in Britain 1955 -75

Kilmahew/St.Peter's 5th September - 17th October An Architecture and Design Scotland exhibition

What if ... I could build a city? This workshop will consider buildings; their size, shape, material and function. We will make our own buildings to form a mini-city out of scraps and waste materials generated in Glasgow. £10.00 (£8 family concessions)

Glasgow School of Art Graduate Degree Show 15th - 29th September The Graduate Degree Show is a brand new event in The Glasgow School of Art's prestigious events calendar. The Lighthouse will host the inaugural exhibition showcasing a selection of work from the wide range of Masters level programmes from Architecture to Graphics, Animation to Design Innovation and Fine Art Practice to Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy. The GSA's graduate level alumni have a long history of success including Turner Prize and BAFTA wins and a tradition of founding thriving businesses in architecture, design or digital fields, and as internationally successful practicing artists in their own right. The Graduate Degree Show 2012 will also include the renowned M.Des Fashion Show, a promenade of Masters level fashion, where you may find the next Louise Gray or Jonathan Saunders.

SFMA exhibition 15th -21st October. Over 30 designers and leading furniture makers from the Scottish Furniture Manufacturers Association will showcase The best of their work. .

Show Studio presents: Laura Spring 25 October - 3rd December An independent textile designer, Laura finds her inspiration from the weather.

PechaKucha Night 10: The Social Mediators September 26th (6pm) "Social networks aren't about websites. They're about experiences." -Mike DiLorenzo, NHL Social Media Marketing Director

The Lighthouse cinema will be screening a selection of footage looking at the city of Glasgow, its buildings and some of the in-dustrial businesses they housed. Some-where to_& icecream architecture will be continuing

their programme of sporting activities and cultural events running a series of workshops at The Lighthouse over the Social Media is a worldwide weekend. phe-nomenon that has changed the way we communicate James Rigler at Pollok socially and professionally. This House. In collaboration with PechaKucha Night will invite The National Trust Scotland, speakers from a variety of back- and Pollok House, The grounds to discuss their ex- Lighthouse has commissioned a perience of social media (from series of ceramic works that blogging to networking) and respond to the architecture of how it has impacted on their this Georgian mansion in Pollok personal or professional lives. Park.

Doors Open Day 15th & 16th September Please contact the Lighthouse for programme details

The Lighthouse is housed in a stunning transformation of the former Glasgow Herald building, Mackintosh's first public com- mission. For Doors Open Day come and explore architecture and design related exhibitions and events and the tower, with a fantastic city view.

It's a Square - Not a Pixel! The designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh have one thing in common with the computer. They both have simple geometry at the heart of their practice. He called it a square – The computer calls it a pixel! It's Our Playground will be leading a Saturday workshop combining geometry and product design to update some familiar designs. An online exhibition will exhibit the works together forming a new Mackintosh-esque interior.


DREAM IT | DESIGN IT | MAK IT 21st century meets the industrial era, a natural incubator for your ideas and creativity. Hi Tec Concepts come to life every Saturday in the MAKLAB, the only facility of it's kind in the UK, Memberships for extended access are available. Just ask for a tour of the facilities and full details. PLUS Internet access in the round tower and the first of the many spaces available for your next exhibition, function or workshop.

Next door to the impressive second floor space available for workshops and exhibitions is the much utilised and fascinating Sustainable Materials Reference Library. I found myself rooting through the array of exhibits and information, agog at the selection of eco options that are available. A very necessary resource for a forward thinking community, I developed a greater appreciation, insight and optimism for the effort that is going into making the future of applications for architecture, a greener one. I took my leave from level 2 with Henry, one of my photographers, salivating over the text books and material samples (studying architectural photography, the centre was akin to catnip to a kitten for him).

Obviously the centre plays homage to CRM with a gallery/exhibition, known as the 'Mack' Centre, devoted to his plethora of achievements. But be warned it is the only display of his work that sufferers of Vertigo will perhaps remember more than most (see level 7 )

The jewel in the coronet for me was 'FOUNDATION' - Glasgow the Story of a city. Engaging, fun and as a born and bred Glaswegian, a huge eye opener in more ways than one. well worth the ticket price. An ingeniously simple and visually enthralling 'story of our city's tale' on Level 4.

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Ewan established his own practice in 2009 after years of leading accolade winning design teams worldwide. Now based in Glasgow and Perth he accepts domestic and commercial commissions throughout the UK, spe cialising in Passive House and Sustainable Design projects. Recent Awards. 2011 architects journal Small projects "High Commendation" and 2011 Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Award, Winner: Small Works category, both were presented for the Capel Manor guest pavilion in Kent. According to Cameron; “Passive House Design involves designing a building which is very energy efficient, it takes a very low heating requirement and ultimately shouldn’t even require a heating system in addition to the incorporated mechanical heat recovery system.” Simpler passive design strategies also help minimise energy expenditure such as pointing the building southwards to maximise the amount of heat gained straight from the sun. Interestingly for potential clients through the clever application of a little mathematics it ,

can be worked out how long it will take for any additional initial expenditure to be saved back via lower energy bills. “There are a number of different ways to present a sustainable solution, as an architect I chose the passive house system because I felt it was a scientific approach that you could demonstrate, through calculations, a lower energy requirement.” Having successfully worked globally in places such as India, Singapore, and Hong Kong Cameron is well placed to comment on the impact different cultures can and as it would, should have on design particularly in relation to the award winning houses in Suzhou, mainland China. “I had started the project as a minimalist Western designer with maybe preconceived ideas of what everyone is going to like but I very quickly realised that you have to look at the design culture of the area and where the client is based and where they are actually from and allow it to inform your own design process.”

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It is probably therefore apt, considering the combin-ation of modern and longstanding architecture which fills this city, that when asked if there were any changes he would make to the iconic ‘Lighthouse’ building where he has an office, “nothing came to mind!”. “It is obviously an iconic building in Glasgow. You can see how elegant and sculptural the tower and the metal work are from the original Mackintosh building but I think Page & Park did a fantastic job in creating the atrium space adjacent to it, which brings up to date the way the building is experienced in terms of bringing in floods of natural daylight and opening up these fantastic views from the viewing platform at the top of the building. It is a pleasure to work here.” Having wanted to be an architect as he puts it; “from a young boy” he has the enthusiasm for his particular architectural product which comes across best when you look at his method. “The idea is never to take a prescriptive solution and really enjoy being almost an editor of the client’s ideas and try to let them drive the project to a degree because it’s more interesting. You will end up with a building you didn’t anticipate yourself and you will end up with something that’s just quite unique. You can then stand back and say ‘well isn’t it great that the client and the situation brought something that really gave it its character at the end”.

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21 Park Terrace sits at the highest point of the Park District. Glasgow’s most beautiful and historic neighbourhood.Elevated panoramic scenes of Kelvingrove Park and the lively West End are savoured sun sets behind the University’s tower add further charm and endearment. 21 Park Terrace is still placed at the heart of Scotland’s largest city.Transport communications with international airports, road and rail links are within a few minutes access to the city centre and the West End

Celebrated architect Charles Wilson designed the Park district in the 1850's. in response to demand for quality homes from the successful merchants and professionals.

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The juxtaposition of old and new, 21 park Terrace offers the very best of traditional architectural features married to the finest selection of contemporary finishes within carefully considered spaces providing amenity for every home activity.

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“We understand that our environment impacts directly on how we feel, on how we behave; indeed it affects us all to our very core. Our commitment to good design; our rigorous attention to detail and our dedication to quality allow us to create homes that evaluate the experience of life lived by those who dwell in them. While most of our professional lives have been spent in London and Paris we are now creating homes in Glasgow and most particularly in The Park District where the established quality of architecture and infrastructure provide the very best foundation upon and within which we know (as we live here too) greatness in life can be attained We hope you will enjoy.�

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Highly individual and eye-catching four/five bedroom detached house in unspoiled rural location. Part Exchange Available! Part Exchange Available! Kilsyth Road is one of the primary residential locations within the desirable location of 'Queenzieburn' that features some of the most individual, eye-catching properties in the immediate vicinity. • Stunning sandstone frontage, under a series of pitched slate roofs • The bespoke interior offers sophisticated living space, with exquisite, restored period detailing including cornicing, fireplaces and skirtings. • impressive formal and bright lounge, with a lovely open fireplace and a front aspect window offering outstanding views over the neighbouring park and to the open countryside. • Separate dining room has ample space for a table and six chairs for more formal dining with friends and family. It also benefits from a feature fireplace. • The kitchen has been beautifully fitted to include a good range of contemporary floor and wall mounted units, with a striking work surface, which provides a fashionable and efficient workspace. • There are four, well-proportioned, double bedrooms on the first floor &gas central heating.




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Individually designed Five Bedroom Split Level Detached Villa. Part Exchange Available! Part Exchange Available! Boasting some of the best views across Glasgow and surrounding area The property boasts a rarely seen level of accommodation and has been finished to the highest of standard.

• Gas central heating (new boiler), double glazing, • Formal lounge/dining room with hardwood flooring large integral garage • Separate family room with aspects over front garden • Dining kitchen with Marble floor, granite work surfaces, • A large mono-block driveway, lawned area, trees and shrubs. a Belfast sink and superior quality appliances • Elevated decked area giving stunning views of • Four double bedrooms and a family bathroom Glasgow and surrounding area. • Attic level there is a fifth double bedroom Extras:All floor coverings, range cooker and white goods.

Old Drumchapel 11 Manor Road Imaginatively Extended and Adaptable Four Bedroom Detached Bungalow! • Formal lounge with a bay window • Ground floor are two double bedrooms first floor level - the principal bedroom, • Modern open plan kitchen/breakfast room • Sun lounge, is the 'piece de resistance' • There is an integrated double oven, hob, the 'Games Room' offers a lounge/cinema screen area extractor hood, dishwasher and fridge/freezer. & space for a pool table • Large conservatory, which has double doors • Garage benefits from an electric door. opening onto the fully enclosed rear Extras: All blinds and floor coverings. All integrated appliances within the kitchen.

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RENTAL DEPOSITS NOW PROTECTED IN SCOTLAND The first ever Scottish Government approved deposit protection scheme, the Letting Protection Service Scotland (The LPS Scotland) launches today, marking a new era for the Scottish rental market. The LPS Scotland received approval from the Scottish Government in April of this year to run the scheme as a result of new legislation which will ensure tenancy deposits are safely protected, and which could save Scottish tenants between £2.3 and £3.6 million a year1. The Scottish Government's Review of the Private Rented Sector (March 2009)

Dependent on when the deposit is received. Visit for guidance and compliance calculator The law comes in response to research that suggested 11,000 tenants in Scotland could have had part or all of their deposits unfairly withheld each year2. Landlords and letting agents are now required to protect deposits with a third party protection scheme such as The LPS Scotland by November 2012. Kevin Firth, Director of The LPS Scotland, commented: "We are delighted to be launching today. We have over ten years custodial deposit protection experience and we have come up with a number of useful tools to help landlords, letting agents and tenants understand the legislation and make sure they are protected." "It is crucial that those in the private rented sector don't fall foul of this legislation. It is now compulsory for landlords and letting agents in Scotland to protect their deposits with an approved third party scheme and landlords can face legal action with fines up to three times the deposit paid by the tenant if they don't comply Landlords and letting agents can follow three quick and simple steps to ensure that they can comply with the regulations and easily manage their deposits: • Register online at; • Use our Timeline for Compliance calculator on the homepage, to make sure deposits are protected in line with Government timescales; • Submit deposits via The LPS Scotland website, or by post;

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Landlords and letting agents will be able to view and manage all deposits registered with The LPS Scotland online throughout the duration of the tenancy. Glasgow Property Letting Ltd have been protecting the deposits of their tenants in Scotland using services provided by The LPS Scotland sister company The Deposit Protection Services (The DPS), and have nearly 70 Scottish deposits already lodged with the scheme. Colin Macmillan, Managing Director, of Glasgow Property Letting Ltd said: "It's really positive for our lettings industry that the Scottish Government has introduced tenancy deposit protection legislation in line with the rest of the UK. "We've been protecting deposits since 2008 even though, as a Scottish agency, we haven't been required to until now. We feel very strongly about the peace of mind and reassurance that deposit protection offers our clients, both landlords and tenants alike. Our deposits were previously held with The DPS who are run by the same company as The LPS Scotland, so we can be sure of their experience and are confident that our tenants' deposits will continue to be protected to the highest level." A range of useful resources to assist landlords, tenants and letting agents with getting to grips with this new legislation can be found on the LPS Scotland website. Landlords and letting agents are in with the chance to win a day at the races when they register their deposits with The LPS Scotland at, between 2nd July and 31st August. The lucky winners will receive a VIP day out for themselves and four guests and receive five star treatment at Ayr Racecourse with hospitality tickets to the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Opening Day on 20th September 2012. The prize includes club badge, racecard, Bucks Fizz reception, four course lunch, afternoon tea, drinks package and private betting facilities.

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