WHEN you’re getting dressed up for your younger brother’s engagement party you want to get things right.
Offshore worker Johnny Kessack (32) spent weeks perfecting his Dandy Lion costume.
The statue has sharply divided opinion since it was erected on Elgin’s Plainstones in the run-up to Christmas last year.
Derided by some residents, it has become something of a cult hit with others.
One big fan is Johnny’s four-year-old son Innes who is said to "burst out into smiles every time he see it."
Johnny donned his costume for the first time at his brother Martyn’s Halloween/engagement party, which was held at Moray Rugby Club on Saturday night.
The material for the Dandy Lion’s mane came from Veronique’s fabric store in Elgin.
This was then hand-stitched by Stich It & Fix It in Forres.
After weeks of searching, his pink cardigan was an exciting find from the Cancer UK shop in Elgin, with Johnny buying extra large buttons which he then stitched on himself.
When Home Comforts in Forres learned why Johnny wanted a moustache and a large blue handkerchief, they insisted on giving him the items for free.
His top hat was bought off Amazon, with the hat bands coming from Claire’s Accessories in Elgin.
Johnny wanted to be able to walk about when he got to Martyn’s party.
With that in mind, he decided against having a fish tale like the stature.
However, just to show the full range of what can be bought on the internet, he managed to find a mermaid’s skirt.
And, finally, to round off the costume with style, he purchased a yellow carnation from Room to Bloom in Elgin.
All hard work paid off for Johnny when his costume was voted the best at the party.
However, he was given strong competition by his wife Lisa (27), who managed to miraculously transform herself into a woman aged in her 80s.
Meanwhile, the couple’s son Innes attended the party as a glow- in-the-dark skeleton.