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Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection, Bulletin Photographs

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Rab C Nesbitt

The opening of a new Harry Ramsden fish restaurant at Springfield Quay in the shadow of the Kingston Bridge in March 1991 was attended by a number of special guests, including local connoisseur of fish suppers, Rab C Nesbitt. Stealing his chips in this photograph from Glasgow City Council's newspaper The Bulletin, are Tom Chiesa (left) and Remo Verrico of the city's Estates Department, which had helped persuade Harry Ramsden of the suitability of Glasgow for a restaurant.

Actor and comedian Gregor Fisher was born in Glasgow. He has worked in everything from pantomime to the classical theatre, but he is best known in the guise of Rab C Nesbitt, the string-vested Glaswegian philosopher and self-confessed waster in writer Ian Pattison's television comedy series of the same name. There were complaints from some quarters that the series (it ran from 1989-1999)presented negative stereotypes of Glasgow and Glaswegians, but its cast of characters became very popular in the city and beyond. It has been claimed that it set "a new gutter standard for British television" - which would have made Rab very proud.

Reference: Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection, Bulletin Photographs

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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