SHE brought the singing, and Glasgow brought the rain. Patricia Ward Kelly, wife of Holywood icon Gene, arrived in the city on a wet day yesterday to perform a one-woman tribute show to her late husband, who died in 1996.

Invited to re-enact her husband’s famous Singing in the Rain lamppost scene outside Central Station, she let slip that Gene loved coming to Glasgow and once used the city as a base to scout locations for his Scottish musical Brigadoon.

She said: “He was here in 1953 scouting the locations for Brigadoon.
“He really wanted to do the movie here but unfortunately MGM [studios] didn’t allow that.

“It [Glasgow] has always been a fond memory for him and it is really a privilege for me to be back.”  


Gene Kelly outside Glasgow Central station in 1953  Picture:Herald & Times

With Gene Kelly in a starring role, Brigadoon sees two American pals getting lost in the Scottish woodlands and stumbling upon a magical village.

The Herald took the opportunity of Mrs Kelly’s visit to present her with a framed photograph of her late husband in Glasgow from our Herald Picture Store.

Recently launched, Herald Picture Store is an online shop window into one of Britain’s largest archives of news and sports photographs which enables readers to buy prints, framed or mounted.

More than 200 of the best pictures are now available, covering such themes as celebrities, holidays, work, people, transport and places, with more to follow.

The celebrity photographs include Cary Grant, Sonny Liston and Mae West, while football photographs range from Celtic manager Jock Stein with the European Cup in 1967 to a 1972 picture of  Rangers fans after the team had won the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

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Gene Kelly: The Legacy - An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly that takes place RSNO Centre, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, on Thursday 23 November at 7.30pm.