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Selborne Hotel Manager gears up to Glide the Clyde

11th September 12

On 15th September William Honeyball, the General Manager of the Selborne Hotel, Dunoon and Company Area Manager for Scotland and the North of England will scale one of Glasgow city's best known symbols, the Finnieston Crane situated on Pacific Quay and complete a zip wire crossing over the River Clyde reaching speeds of up to 35mph.

The Finnieston Crane (also known as the Stobcross Crane) is the largest of the hammerhead cranes, of which four remain along the river. The last to be built, it was erected in 1931 especially to load huge locomotives, a major export and Glasgow’s second most important engineering industry. It was built by the Carlisle firm Cowans, Sheldon & Co. At the time it was the largest hammerhead crane in Europe and is still in working order.

William says “I’m doing this for a few reasons, but mainly to raise some cash for the Clic Sargent Scotland charity, for children with cancer . A zip wire might sound the easy option, but seeing as I’m scared of heights, the 150 foot climb to the top of the crane may well do me in. !!”

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In the run up to William’s climb and glide challenge he will be raffling off a wood carving of an iconic Scottish image, the thistle (pictured) by local artist Andy Maclachlan of Chainsaw Craft based near Benmore Botanic Gardens, a short drive from Dunoon. Closing date for the raffle is 13th September 7pm, when it will be drawn.

If you would like to purchase a raffle ticket please contact the Selborne Hotel directly on 01369 702761 or email


Raffle Update

The carving was won by the person holding ticket 110, who chose not to claim the prize. £93 profit was made from this raffle, and the carving will be raffled again this coming week.

The winners of the carving were Mr & Mrs Cooke, of Ferryhill, Co Durham.

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