The millionaire businessman who has admitted he was the mystery benefactor who donated a Rolls-Royce to Glasgow City Council said he was surprised by the controversy it had caused.
Boyd Tunnock, the boss at the eponymous firm that makes Tunnock’s Teacakes and Caramel Wafers, has admitted that he was the mystery benefactor who donated a Rolls-Royce car to Glasgow City Council. The previously anonymous nature of the donation attracted attention, while the gift was widely criticised.
Speaking today, Boyd said he wanted the gift of his luxury car to be a “good thing”.
One Labour MP claiming it was “Dickensian” to have Lord Provost Eva Bolander – the first SNP politician to hold the post – driven around in a Rolls-Royce while local services were cut by “SNP austerity”.
Mr Tunnok said: “I have to say I’ve been a bit surprised by the reaction to this. All sorts of important people come to Glasgow and I thought it would be right to give them a nice experience. Glasgow always had a Rolls Royce and I was able to give mine to the city so I thought, why not?”
“I really wanted this to be a good thing, but I didn’t want any credit for it so I asked the city to keep my name quiet, but I’m quite happy for people to know it’s me.”
The Rolls-Royce Ghost, has replaced one of the council’s fleet of Volkswagen Phaetons, and the authority said the gift would save it money.
The car, bearing the council’s unique G0 number-plate, will be used by the Lord Provost and other city representatives for civic duties as well as VIPs needing transportation.
A spokesman for the local authority said: “It would clearly not be appropriate to buy a car such as this but having received it as a donation there will be occasions when it is appropriate to use it.”
When she accepted the two-year-old vehicle on Tuesday, the Lord Provost said it was a “show-stopping car and a tremendous asset”.