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Scots-born entertainer Hugh Morrison, who lives in Katy, Houston, took a ready made audience with him when he undertook a tour of Scotland this month. He was accompanied by a 25-strong group of supporters when he made appearances in Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Hugh, who plays button key accordion, guitar and sings in various musical styles but principally Celtic rock, emigrated from Tain, Ross-shire in 1998. He has made half-a-dozen albums and CDs and when not appearing solo, plays as a member of two Houston bands, Murder the Stout and Lonestar Stout as well as making guests appearances with Street Dogs, a mainline punk rock band from Boston.

July 4 is Independence Day in America  but rumbling thunderstorms and flash flooding put a damper on holiday  festivities in Houston this year. Up to three inches of rain was forecast but some parts of the city was deluged by more than seven inches  and Mayor Sylvester Turner appealed to residents to stay off the roads. Of the festivities planned, only the televised evening fireworks display Freedom Over Texas went ahead.

Houston hosted 155 trade delegations from 46 nations last year. Exports constitute 17% of the city’s economy and provide 330,000 – up from 169,000 a decade ago.

Grampian-Houston Association Jim Shiach (left) is pictured welcoming Aberdeen Lord Provost Barney Crockett as President of the Association for 2018-19. Also in the picture (L to R) are Bill Neish, GHA Secretary, Kristin Jackson-Brown, Vice Chairman, Robert Anderson, Founder Chairman, Ian Gordon, Treasurer and a Founder Member of the Houston-Grampian Association, and Eric Duncan, Founder Member.