Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - Front, pg3, pg4, pg6, back page

TODAY we take a trip back in time to May 2008 - when a Greenock family were horrified to discover a ‘chicken claw’ inside a Tesco sausage roll.

Colin McLaughlin, of Larkfield, said his partner Nicola Kane made the shocking discovery as she bit into the snack.

Mr McLaughlin told the Tele: “Nicola spat the sausage roll out straight away when she felt something hard inside it. I was outside and she knocked on the window and shouted for me to come in.

“When I ran in to see what was wrong, I could tell straight away it was an actual chicken’s claw.”

A spokesperson for Tesco asked the couple to bring the bag of sausage rolls back to the store so they could carry out an investigation.

In other news families from as far afield as the United States flocked to Gourock Park to watch the 52nd Gourock Highland Games unfold.

Chieftain of the 52nd games, Provost Michael McCormick, told the Tele: “We had lots of overseas visitors at the games this year. It was great to see.

“One American family flew to Scotland just to see a Highland Games.

"Gourock was recommended to them and was the first one they went for.

“It’s fantastic to think people are flying in from all over the world to take in the action.”

Elsewhere community-minded kids from Greenock’s east end were leading a new project designed to give their area a facelift.

They were the driving force behind the east end streetreach initiative — which saw a taskforce get to grips with rundown playparks and improve the environment for everyone in the area.

The scheme was inspired after a group of youngsters visited Belfast.

In sport, Morton defensive pairing Ryan Harding and Alex walker signed new deals with the club.

Ton boss Davie Irons was delighted to have secured the duo, who were strong performers in the team’s battle against relegation the previous season.

He said: “We targeted those players as being key to the squad, and I am happy to have them signed up.

“Ryan has signed a two-year deal, and Alex has signed for another year.”

Finally, a Morton-mad footballer was set to fulfil a boyhood dream and strut his stuff on the hallowed Cappielow turf.

Adam Sweeney of Inverkip sealed a place in the annual supporters’ challenge match – thanks to the Ton fans’ trust and the Tele.

Lifelong fan Adam, 18, was picked out of the hat as the lucky winner of our competition for a free place in the match.

He said: “It should be brilliant. I’ve been going to watch Morton since I was only four but I’ve never played at Cappielow.

“I was a mascot when I was six, but I haven’t been on the pitch since then.”