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How PS1bn promise got blown of course.

Byline: charlie gall

HAIR-FORCE Trump blew into Scotland on a billion-pound promise to put some sand dunes on the Aberdeenshire coast on the world map.

It was a journey into his past to honour his Lewis-born mum Mary MacLeod, who had emigrated across the Atlantic in 1930.

His Great Dunes of Scotland at Menie Estate, near Balmedie, six miles north of Aberdeen, sparked a media frenzy in 2008, with Trump breaking bread with then first minister Alex Salmond.

He even got an honorary doctorate from Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University in 2010 - before being stripped of it last year.

Trumpton, as the resort was dubbed by the Daily Record, was going to be a mecca for the world's golfers with a holiday village, hundreds of homes and a new luxury hotel. It would create 6000 jobs.

But Trump ran into opposition from Aberdeenshire planners, who wanted to protect the scientifically important dunes. The Scottish Government called in the plans and approved them, leading to the downfall of Aberdeenshire planning convener Martin Ford.

Trump then tried to force some homeowners off the dunes by offering to buy them out - but the majority rejected his filthy lucre.

He accused his fiercest opponent Michael Forbes of "living like a pig". It backfired and Forbes achieved local hero status after being immortalised in two You've Been Trumped documentaries.

Trump then famously fell out with Salmond when he accused him of reneging on a promise to block a North Sea windfarm off the coast. The turbines were approved and Trump's legal challenge failed.

Spitting the dummy, he refused to invest any more money at Menie and instead bought the famous Open Championship course and hotel at Turnberry, Ayrshire.

Ford, who is now a Green councillor, takes no satisfaction in having been the first man in Scotland to take on the tycoon.

He said: "We are embarrassingly associated with this racist bigot who preaches hate and grandiose undeliverable promises. We have the embarrassment, we don't have the jobs and we don't have the sand dunes either."

Trump's journey back to his mother's homeland has been a rocky one.

The next time he'll breeze into Britain it will be on Air Force One.

If he brings his football boots, he'll be eligible to play in Lewis football's oldest competition, the Eilean an Fhraoich Cup.

To be picked, players - or their parents - must have been born in the village of Tong, Mary's birthplace.


DEGREE OF CONTEMPT Trump gets doctorate but did not deliver on promises, left

SWINGING INTO TOWN Trump at his golf course on the Menie Estate, near Aberdeen, in 2011

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Date:Nov 10, 2016
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