Christmas treat for Darren

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Arbroath’s golden bowler will be taking part in a pair of special festive shows on BBC Scotland this year.

Darren Burnett, current World Champion bowler and Glasgow 2014 gold medallist will be joining other successful Scottish athletes and presenter Sally Magnusson on Christmas Eve on ‘Christmas Celebration’ and then the following week Jackie Bird with ‘Hogmanay Live 2014’.

Police Constable Darren (38) will give a reading of a modernised version of the shepherds’ visit to the Baby Jesus’ manger and last week recorded his part in St Andrew’s Church, Arbroath.

He said: “It was great. The film crew was fantastic and there are a few other athletes appearing like Hannah Miley up in Aberdeen and it’s great to be part of that.

“That was the great thing about the Commonwealth Games, all the sports were supported really well and to see other sportspeople in their fields do so well, it was probably the best Commonwealth Games for us.”

It has been a bit of a whirlwind year for Darren who also has to find time to accommodate his duties as a full-time police officer.

He said: “To be fair, when we went into the summer we were told if we got a gold medal our lives would change, but you don’t look too far forward.

“Did I think it would it would happen? No. It’s been a really good year, it’s probably been the best year of my career. I don’t think I’ll get the chance to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Scotland again in my lifetime and I think that’s what makes it so special.”

A ‘Christmas Celebration’ will be on BBC One Scotland on December 24 from 11.45 p.m. to 12.25 a.m. and will feature music from the National Youth Choir of Scotland broadcast live from Old St Paul’s, Edinburgh. ‘Hogmanay Live 2014’ will be on BBC Scotland One on December 31 from 11.30 p.m. to 12.30 a.m.