A KINROSS butcher’s dreams of singing stardom have come true — thanks to his sizzling sausages!
The amazing vocal talent of Iain Hunter (44), who runs Hunters of Kinross in the town’s Main Street, was stumbled upon by chance during this year’s T in the Park music festival.
Radio presenter Cat Harvey was covering the event from nearby Galloway Farm and was told by hosts Jim and May Paterson that the sausages on her dinner plate had been made by Iain, known locally as ‘The Singing Butcher’.
Intrigued, Cat managed to get hold of a recording of Iain, who croons classics by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and Neil Diamond, among others, and persuaded the modest butcher to sing live in Real Radio’s Glasgow studios just days later.
And last week Iain celebrated his new-found fame by putting on a lochside performance and free barbecue — featuring the sausages that gave him his big break — for 350 people at local bistro The Boathouse.
Dad of two Iain said: “I first remember singing when I was about five years old but my older brothers and sisters teased me about it at the time and it never went much further than singing in the shower.”
But wife Pamela has encouraged him to make the most of his talent — and now he’s like a different person when he gets a microphone in his hand.
A trip to Las Vagas found Iain making an impromptu stage appearance in front of a packed and very appreciative crowd in the famous Bellagio hotel.
He added: “The minute I start to sing the nerves disappear and I just go for it.
“There’s nothing like the feeling of entertaining people well and knowing they are having a brilliant time.”
But until recently Iain thought his dreams of stardom were over.
He planned to audition for TV show ‘The X Factor’ a few years ago, but work commitments forced him to pull out at the 11th hour.
In a strange twist of fate, it’s that same commitment to his work — and his sausages — that has given him a second chance.
Pamela said: “When Iain was forced to miss his ‘X Factor’ audition a few years back he thought fate had decided a singing career was not for him.
“So it’s fantastic that his skills as a butcher have given him a fresh opportunity to share his singing talent with the world.”