Sir Jimmy Shand fan walks from London to Auchtermuchty

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ONE of Sir Jimmy Shand’s biggest fans has paid tribute to his hero by walking 460 miles from London to Auchtermuchty for charity.

Traditional music buff John Dodd (66) left Tooting on April 21 and arrived in Sir Jimmy’s hometown on May 18.

He made the pilgrimage to raise money for five charities close to his heart — and, fittingly, he was met at his destination by the late Sir Jimmy’s son, Jimmy jnr.

John, a retired film extra who embarks on several charity walks each year, explained: “Last year I walked from London to Luss and enjoyed it so much that I decided I’d have to visit Scotland again.

“I love showbusiness and have always been a great fan of Sir Jimmy Shand’s music, which is why I came up with the idea for this walk.

“I had all his records and when I was 15 or 16 my parents would take me to the Empire Theatre in Newcastle to see him perform.”

A resident of Surbiton in south west London, John chose nearby Tooting — home to another of his favourites, Sir Harry Lauder — to begin his epic journey.

Resplendent in a kilt featuring his family tartan, the Hamilton, John gathered sponsorship along the way and arrived in ‘Muchty having walked around 15 miles every day.

He enjoyed lunch in the town with Jimmy jnr. before posing for photos in front of Sir Jimmy’s statue.

Good causes set to benefit from the £700 raised are Great Ormond Street Hospital, Demelza Hospice Care for Children, Blue Cross, St Columba’s Hospice and the Prostate Cancer Charity.