Kinghorn sax man hits Royal Mile for charity fundraiser

Jimmy Murphy - 87 and still blowing strong
Jimmy Murphy - 87 and still blowing strong

A Kinghorn saxophonist is returning to the streets of Edinburgh this summer to raise money for a children’s charity.

Jimmy Murphy (87) is polishing his sax this week in preparation for a series of half-hour slots on the Royal Mile at the Festival Fringe in the coming weeks.

Entertaining the crowds of locals and tourists is nothing new for Jimmy who has become a regular visitor in recent years raising hundreds of pounds for charity.

And this year he will once again be raising funds for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

His first performance will take place on Sunday, and he has other time slots organised on the capital’s popular thoroughfare for August 5, 8, 12, 17 and 22.

In 2011 the musician said it would be his last time busking at the Fringe, however he returned last year for what he called his ‘last bite of the cherry’.

But now 12 months on, he’s decided to give it yet another go.

He told the Press: “I love performing at the Fringe .

“I’m almost 88 now and this could be my last chance.

“I wasn’t going to do it this year, but after thinking about it for a little while I decided to give it another go.”

Last year Jimmy was joined on the streets by Dr Mathew Roll from Whyteman’s Brae Hospital in Kirkcaldy, but this year the octogenarian is doing it alone.

He is hoping he can raise as much money as he can for the charity which runs hospices including Rachel House in Kinross andRobin House in Balloch.