A former partner of a court reporting agency is seeking to combine 'the best of both worlds', by setting up a press agency on the island of Tiree, off the west coast of Scotland – population: 800.
Ian Sharp was – with former Daily Record chief crime correspondent, Arnot McWhinnie – a partner in the Glasgow Court Agency, following spells at the Daily Express (as a reporter) and The Herald (firstly as a reporter, later as night news editor).
But five years ago, after ten years at the GCA, he was diagnosed with liver and lung cancer, though the liver diagnosis was subsequently proved to be unfounded. After undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, he had a lung removed 18 months ago.
Sharp has had a holiday home on the island for 25 years, but is now living there permanently. “It's the best of both worlds,” he said of his new business. “I expect to be sourcing quite a few stories per month”.
He can be contacted on 01897 220 384 and 077510 98546.