It's the First Minim-ister! Nicola Sturgeon finds her rhythm

Written by James Millar on 2 August 2018 in Diary
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Opposition politicians know First Minister has been calling the tune for years

She may have been calling the tune in Scottish politics for years but Nicola Sturgeon literally took the baton to launch the European Championships in Glasgow.

A range of sports are holding events in and around Glasgow this month as part of a sort of European Olympics. The Scottish city has partnered with Berlin for the innovative contest. The athletics European Championship will take place in the German capital with Scotland hosting sports like cycling, gymnastics, rowing and golf.

The Scottish First Minister was at a reception to mark the start of the event in Glasgow when she was invited to conduct the Nevis Ensemble orchestra which was playing for the guests.

The game politician stepped up after just a few minutes tuition from Royal Scottish National Orchestra conductor Holly Mathieson and led the ensemble through a rendition of 500 Miles, the 1988 hit by independence-supporting act The Proclaimers.

Members of the Nevis Ensemble seemed to enjoy the experience with many taking to social media to express the admiration for Sturgeon and her baton-waving abilities.

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