Published: 25/04/2014 15:00 - Updated: 25/04/2014 11:00

Hamish bids for Mastermind title

A MORAY ‘Mastermind’ specialist will bid for the title in the black chair tonight (Friday).

The famous black chair beckons for Hamish.
The famous black chair beckons for Hamish.

Retired IT manager Hamish Cameron will take his place in the final of the BBC programme.

This is his eighth appearance in the programme since making his debut in 1990, but the first time he has reached the final. He has been a semi-finalist on four previous occasions.

He first appeared 24 years ago, when the show was filmed in St Andrews and hosted by the late Magnus Magnusson, who died in 2007 at the age of 77.

Hamish was IT manager for Johnstons of Elgin for 26 years, and is also well-known on the local athletics scene, having been a senior figure in Forres Harriers for many years.

Hamish in action for Forres Harriers.
Hamish in action for Forres Harriers.

The final will be screened at 7.30pm tonight on BBC2.

Of the six finalists, however, Hamish is not the only one with a Moray link.

Roderick Cromar, an accountant from Inverurie, spent his early years in Elgin, where his mother, Margaret, was head teacher of West End Primary School in the 1980s.

“She taught all three of my children,” said Hamish.

In round one, his specialist subject was Ramsay Macdonald, the first Labour Prime Minister, and for the semi-final, Renaissance artist Paolo Veronese.

Hamish has chosen Scottish lighthouses as his specialist subject for tonight’s final, and the BBC took him to the Scottish Lighthouse Museum in Fraserburgh to film a sequence ahead of the final.

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