Ex-speedway Linlithgow man in new film

Iain Milne appears in the new film
Iain Milne appears in the new film

A former Linlithgow Lightning speedway star is one of the unlikely stars of a new film showing life inside a hospice.

Iain Milne was a trophy-winning cyclist by the age of 14 before he moved on to speedway where he had further success on the track.

However, when problems with his legs was eventually diagnosed as multiple sclerosis, Iain’s life changed for ever.

After struggling with increasing pain for eight years he was eventually referred to Strathcarron Hospice for help to find effective relief.

He was one of the out-patients who feature in a documentary about the facility in Denny.

Seven Songs for a Long Life was directed by Dr Amy Hardie who spent a year as a filmmaker in residence at Strathcarron, before developing her initial work into a full-length documentary.

It received its world premiere at the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling last Friday and this week has been screened at the Bo’ness Hippodrome.

The documentary, which looks at how patients of all ages and with different life-changing conditions cope, has also been shown in venues throughout the country supporting Hospice Care Week.

Iain, who now lives in Cumbernauld, said: “I think it was a very good idea to make and great that over a few months this brilliant film has been produced.”

Irene McKie, Strathcarron’s chief executive, said everyone involved was “very proud” of the documentary.

It is being shown on BBC2 next Friday, October 16, at 9pm.