AN AYRSHIRE footballing icon is set to appear in an upcoming BBC documentary celebrating unsung Scots.

Rose Reilly of Stewarton, the only Scot to have won a World Cup, will appear in the upcoming series which celebrates Scottish people who have made a significant dent in the world.

People may sometimes recognise the faces on our Scottish banknotes – for that reason, because they’re on the money that we spend. But, apart from the usual suspects, like Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Robert the Bruce, many of us have no idea who half of them are, or of their extraordinary impact on the world.

Chris McQueer, author of the cult classic Hings, is on a mission to change this. In his first documentary, the rising star explores the lives of some of the great

Scots who have been deemed noteworthy.

He also sets himself a challenge to create his very own banknote, featuring some of his heroes and the landscapes that inspire him as he travels around Scotland.

He realises early on that many of those overlooked heroes of Scottish history are women, and this is something that he explores with some contemporary Scots who have inspired him. These include the Scots Makar, Jackie Kay, the only Scot to have won a World Cup, Rose Reilly, and the multi-million selling musician, KT Tunstall. All noteworthy in their own right.

He sees the oldest notes in Scotland, meets the designers and artists who create our contemporary notes, and finds out about some hidden features on our current banknotes that blow his mind. One thing is for sure, after watching this film, you’ll never look at your cash the same.

Chris said: “I feel like my spirits have been lifted. It’s just amazing seeing all these places for the first time, hearing all these amazing stories. It’s just so brilliant.”


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