Multi-millionaire biscuit tycoon Boyd Tunnock, 87, cuts the grass in parks

It’s nice to know I am not the only grumpy old bugger complaining about overgrown grass in West Dunbartonshire’s parks and public spaces. Editor

By Democrat reporter

Sun reporter David Meikle told us this week that biscuit tycoon Boyd Tunnock has been praised after he was spotted mowing overgrown grass on public parks in his hometown.

Sir Boyd, 87, jumped on his own sit-on mower to tidy up a common area just yards from his iconic factory.

Biscuit tycoon Sir Boyd Tunnock has been praised her cutting grass in public parks in his hometown

Biscuit tycoon Sir Boyd Tunnock has been praised her cutting grass in public parks in his hometownCredit: John Kirkby – The Sun Glasgow
The multi-millionaire, 87, was filmed on his lawnmower at Uddingston Cross, Lanarkshire

The multi-millionaire, 87, was filmed on his lawnmower at Uddingston Cross, Lanarkshire. Credit: Pressteam

Thrilled locals watched as the multi-millionaire stepped up to maintain council ground in Uddingston, Lanarkshire.

He spent 30 minutes trimming grass as he sat on his four-wheel lawnmower wearing his trademark bunnet.

The area at Uddingston Cross sits next to sheltered housing and flats.

South Lanarkshire Council claim the area was recently cut as they work through a backlog

South Lanarkshire Council claim the area was recently cut as they work through a backlog. Credit: Pressteam

A clip of Sir Boyd’s green-fingered heroics has been circulating among townsfolk, who have congratulated him for his actions.

One said: “Sir Boyd is a well known figure in the village but this was another level.

“He is a man of action and just took it upon himself to get out and maintain public grounds without any complaints.

Sir Boyd outside his factory in Uddingston

Sir Boyd outside his factory in UddingstonCredit: John Kirkby – The Sun Glasgow

“People stood and watched open mouthed as he drove up and down cutting the grass.

“He’s a fine example to others and deserves recognition for his public spirit.

“He could have easily asked some of his employees to get the job done but he is the kind of man that just takes things on himself and there’s apparently no stopping him.

He is a man of action and just took it upon himself to get out and maintain public grounds without any complaints.

“He’s a familiar sight driving his big silver Rolls Royce around Uddingston but seeing him on his lawnmower was brilliant.

“Considering he is nearly 90, it’s quite remarkable.”

A source added: “Sir Boyd has lived in Uddingston all his life and could see that during lockdown some areas of grass had become overgrown.

“He was happy to give it a trim and tidy it up.”



In March this year, Tunnock’s announced they were temporarily halting production of their world famous teacakes and caramel wafers amid the coronavirus outbreak.

They said it was the only way to prioritise the health and well-being of their 600 staff and stop the spread of the virus.

Bosses were praised for paying employees 90 per cent of their wages during the closure.

The firm also donated thousands of treats to frontline medical and construction staff working at NHS Louisa Jordan in Glasgow and said it was their way of “applauding” key workers.

Sir Boyd, who created the Tunnock’s teacake in 1956, revealed The Queen told him she preferred the teacakes over caramel wafers when he received his knighthood at Buckingham Palace.

Alistair McKinnon, head of facilities at the Waste and Grounds Services department at South Lanarkshire Council, said: “The land in question is maintained by the council.”

“In fact, it was cut recently as part of our programme of grounds maintenance which is back underway after the Scottish Government updated its guidance, allowing this work to start again.  The council is working hard to clear a backlog of work after several months of lockdown.”

Tunnock’s declined to comment.

SALIVATION ARMY!
Sir Boyd Tunnock KBE, inventor of the legendary Tunnock’s Teacake and owner of confectionary empire Tunnock’s Ltd., visited HM Naval Base Clyde last year to sign the Armed Forces Covenant. The head of the family-owned, Uddingston-based, business was invited to the Home of the UK Submarine Service by Rear Admiral John Weale CB OBE, Rear Admiral Submarines. During the visit Sir Boyd was shown around Royal Navy Astute Class attack submarine and also spent time with Royal Marines from 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

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