Media Release: Arisaig presents an audience with John Hartson


FORMER Celtic player, John Hartson, will appear at an exclusive football dinner with a difference at Arisaig Restaurant in Glasgow’s Merchant Square today (Thursday 7th June).

Guests will hear John tell all about his glittering career with the Glasgow club, Arsenal and Wales – and his courageous journey back from the brink, after testicular cancer spread to his brain in a no-holds-barred interview with top sports journalist, Iain King.

Then they’ll have the chance to put him on the spot by asking their own questions.

Arasaig owner, Naveed Rashid, said: “John’s inspiring story is one of goals and guts, tears and triumphs – the tale of a unique footballer who has captured the hearts of millions of fans, no matter which team they support. As such, I’m sure the evening will be a night to remember!”

John, who was diagnosed with cancer in July 2009, is a regular visitor to Glasgow and is looking forward to bringing his show to Arisaig Restaurant.

He said: “It’s all about giving something back to the Celtic fans and all the people who supported me in the darkest days of my life. I wanted to do something for all the people who helped me through my illness.

“It won’t be a run-of-the-mill football interview. With a question and answer session, there will be questions about my personal life and things off the park and I don’t have a problem with that. I’ve got plenty of interesting stories to tell!”

Guests will also have the chance to buy a signed copy of John’s book, Please Don’t Go, and win a specially-commissioned portrait of John, which will be signed with the personal message of their choice.

Arisaig Restaurant is located within the stunning courtyard of the historic Merchant Square. Inspired by childhood holidays to the West Coast Village of the same name, the restaurant offers the best of Scottish cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere with friendly service.

Located on Candleriggs at the heart of the Merchant City, Glasgow’s cultural, fashion and food quarter, Merchant Square offers an eclectic selection of restaurants and cafes.

Once part of the old Glasgow Fruit Market, Merchant Square is imbued with the history of the area’s dominating Victorian architecture, although today this sense of history blends seamlessly with the distinctly cosmopolitan ambiance that pervades the surrounding cobbled streets that bring the outside in.

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For further information please contact Naveed Rashid on tel 0141 553 1010

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Date 7th June 2012.

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