Tuesday 18 October 2022


Beverley Lyons 
Mark Owen narrowly avoided relighting his fire as he finished his first solo gig on Scotland for ten years - and emerged from the venue in his dressing gown. 
While the Take That singer was ending his singing set at Glasgow’s Fruitmarket, fire engines arrived across the road following an alarm from a neighbouring building on Albion Street. 
Mark, who is on his first solo tour in a decade,  played songs from his fifth solo album Land Of Dreams during the concert as well as Take That hits The Flood, Shine and Rule The World. 
And the singer whose band are the subject of a new musical movie Greatest Days which is set to be released next year, was overcome with emotion as he received wild applause from his adoring female fans. 
At one point during a standing ovation he admitted he was about to cry happy tears. 
As the gig drew to a close Mark, who was sporting his new moustachioed look with long hair,  managed to style out a wrong turn on stage as he tried to exit through the wrong door. 
The star who says he, Gary Barlow and Howard are already talking about releasing a new album, and are looking forward to getting into the studio, was all smiles as he arrived back at his city centre hotel. 
The singer had previously met up with some fans on his way to the gig and was happy to pose for pictures.
Following his set in Scotland, he hastily exited the venue in his beige bathrobe and dashed into his chauffeur driven car, managing to avoid the crowds and three fire engines  across the road. 

Arriving at his hotel The Kimpton Blytheswood Square  just after ten pm, he emerged from the vehicle with his towel in hand and insisted on carrying his two brown bags with his performance clothes in them. 
He also said he was happy to be back in Glasgow where he has previously recorded song saying: “It’s great to be back in Scotland. It’s cold though so I’m going to dash in.”
A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "We were alerted at 9.30pm on Tuesday, 18 October by an automatic fire alarm system on Albion Street, Glasgow.
 "Operations Control mobilised three appliances to the location. Firefighters checked the building and established there was no sign of fire. 
"Crews left the scene after ensuring the area was safe."

Mark’s last stay in Scotland in 2015 with his Take That bandmates saw him at Cameron House hotel when he managed to crash a wedding of Dr Elaine McCaffrey, 26, from Paisley, and her new dentist husband Gregor Mcintosh 28, from Stirling.
The star who has a son and two daughters has a long affiliation with Scotland and had his fairytale wedding to Emma Ferguson at Cawdor parish church near Nairn.  


CHRISTMAS in the Maldives is the stuff of dreams but the game-changing lifestyle resort, Kandima Maldives can make it a beautiful reality. 

 The resort’s anything-but-ordinary two-week-long programme of activities starts on 22nd December under the theme “Aqua Fantasia”. 

Plunge into an underwater fantasy world where even the wildest imaginations are brought to life as the (desti)nation turns into a vibrant tropical paradise and ocean-inspired playground. Ring in the most wonderful time of the year the K’way with these festive activities promising fun for all ages!

Christmas classics with a kool twist

Guests are invited to enjoy familiar holiday traditions from gingerbread house decorating to a spectacular Christmas tree lighting all with a kool island twist. Complete with day-long activities for kids, including a stylish Santa arrival on Christmas day, a magic show, curated dinners, and an oh-so entertaining Christmas Eve party, the festive program is sure to sleigh your Christmas holiday.

Adrenaline-filled aqua adventures

Kandima invites those with adventure in their souls to splash into the New Year by indulging in a multitude of adrenaline-filled adventures. These active lifestyle experiences include a mind-boggling underwater themed art exhibition, thrilling aqua treasure hunt, and playfully competitive paddle board and kayak race.

Ignite your inner aquaholic and discover the depths of the Indian Ocean with fun dives, night snorkelling, sea bob experiences and even coral adoption for nature lovers. This festive season will be like no other for maritime imaginers and adrenaline chasers at Kandima!

Immersive entertainment experiences for everyone

Kandima is reimaging festive fun the K’way with an exciting series of immersive experiences and events for all ages! Be it spectacular dance performances from the renowned Optical Entertainment crew, complete with mermaids and a fire show, pool parties, art festival, beach barbeque or live entertainment performances, there is something lined up for every imaginative traveller!  While you sit back, relax, and enjoy some alone time with your partner, Kandiland, the island resort’s dedicated zone for kids, has got you covered with a curated programme of playful adventures like no other. The line-up of activities includes a magic show by internationally acclaimed Mr. Marvel from the UK, themed mermaid and superhero parties, a scavenger hunt, and more!

Aqualicious gastronomy experiences!

Kandima is sure to delight everyone’s tastebuds with underwater-inspired gastronomy experiences across 10 dining options. During the festive season, all restaurants and bars will carry a simile of an underwater inspiration with fresh ingredients inspired by the ocean carefully crafted into mouth-watering dishes mimicking the underwater world. Whether you indulge in buffets, seafood popups, marine life-inspired desserts or hand-made ‘kocktails’, you’re in for a lip-smacking experience! Additionally, guests won’t want to miss the enchanting underwater New Years’ Eve gala which promises to WOW.

Ocean-inspired wellness treatments

After getting your daily dose of vitamin sea, relax into an ocean-inspired wellness treatment at the award-winning esKape spa. Try the festive season outdoor aqua dome or warm lava shell massage, each personalised wellness experience will awaken your senses and rejuvenate your mind and bodyNestled in the tropical surroundings of the island, the esKape spa is the perfect place to detach from distractions and glow from the inside out.  

Regardless of whether you’re travelling as a couple, with friends, solo, or as a family, there's something for everyone this festive season at Kandima-the koolest and most stylish resort in the Maldives!

 View the full program of festive season events at Kandima Maldives here

Travelbag offers seven nights at the 5* Kandima Maldives on a half-board basis from £3819ppincluding return flights with Emirates and speedboat transfers. Travel between 1/12/22 to 31/12/22. Price is based on two adults sharing, and subject to availabilityTo book, call Travelbag on 0207 001 4112 or visit www.travelbag.co.ukhttps://v2.travelbag.co.uk/hotels/maldives/kandima-maldives

Check out the oh-so kool offers at www.kandima.com and book your stay today for a fun-filled festive season.