A Falkirk businessman’s tartan dash made a visit to Scotland memorable for one of the world’s top recording stars.
Michael Lemetti delivered a kilt for Canadian crooner Michael Bublé in just three hours when he was at Stirling Castle to appear in a festive TV special.
The singer was so delighted with it, he plans to wear it at his next Scottish concert.
Michael Bublé was in the area to perform alongside Rod Stewart and Kylie Minogue on the show which was broadcast on STV earlier this month.
As he flew in, Michael was desperately trying to get his measurements to be able to have the surprise gift made up.
He eventually got the information and with the help of a Motherwell-based kiltmaker was able to hand it over in person.
As well as running the family chip shop business in Camelon, Michael is also the boss of Clan Italia which produces Italian national tartan.
It has already been worn by a number of celebrities over the years, including Paolo Nutini, Antonio Carluccio, Sir Rocco Forte and the Italian rugby team.
However, his latest tartan challenge proved tricky to deliver due to the short timespan involved.
Michael said: “Like myself, Michael is half Italian and when I heard he was coming to Stirling I was desperate to kit him out in his very own Italian national tartan kilt.
“After numerous phone calls I managed to speak to the TV production manager on the morning of his performance to find out his waist size, and from there I had the kilt made within three hours thanks to the endeavours of Glenisla Kilts.
“When I turned up at Stirling Castle I was delighted with how well I was received, and was even ushered in to personally meet him.
Michael was thrilled with the kilt and even thanked me on-air on the STV special.”
Clan Italia is Michael’s brainchild. He created and registered the first approved ethnic tartan in Scotland.
He said the Italian national tartan was designed to represent “the strength and pride of the Italian people, each colour is significant to the Italian heritage to embody the culture, traditions and history”. It has been in production for the last eight years.
He added: “To have an incredible artist like Michael Bublé rave about my tartan was a very proud moment and it would be an honour, as well as a tremendous thrill, if he wore it on stage.”
Clan Italia has also designed and registered the Milan Club Scozia tartan for the AC Milan Scottish Supporters Club, and a new Brazilian national tartan is currently in preparation ahead of the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil.