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The bottom line; Outrage at snub to all true Scotsmen.

True Scotsmen are being given the bum's rush by bosses at a stuffy kilt hire firm.

They have slapped a ban on letting it all hang out under the national dress.

Aberdeen kilt-hirer Allisons insist underpants must be worn at all times.

But Braveheart Norman McConnachie, 27, also of Aberdeen, hit back: "Everyone knows the real Scotsman wears nothing under his kilt.

"I always like to swing free. It's the magic of the kilt, isn't it?"

Offended

At Scotland's top kilt hirer, Hector Russell, of Inverness and Glasgow, boss Mike Cantley said: "I have never heard anything like it.

"Some people would be mortally offended if they had to wear pants."

Kiltmaker Ann Higgins, of Dufftown, Banffshire, said she, too, had never heard the like. Her son Craig added: "A true Scotsman doesn't wear any drawers."

But Allison Mathews, owner of Allisons, stands by her ban.

A ticket inside every kilt she hires out reads: "In the interests of hygiene, underwear must be worn at all times."

She said: "We have to clean every kilt that comes back to us.

"You'd get a red face if I told you some of the things that go on under the kilt.

"We try to treat the ban in a tongue in cheek way but the message is serious."
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Author:Gall, Charlie; Smith, Steve
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 22, 1997
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