Thanks Craig, for this upload. I don't mind admitting that I cried whilst watching, not because of the emotional music, that sort of thing, but because it kind of brings home what Andy's success has meant to Dunblane.
I vividly remember the day of the shootings in Dunblane. I was in college at the time, as a mature student technically (long story, won't bother with it lol), but I came home early because I was ill. After getting home and having some sleep I put the TV on. I didn't have Sky then, so it was mainstream TV. Programmes had just been interrupted for a news report. I can't explain it, but somehow there was a sense that the the newsreader was going to say something awful even before he opened his mouth - I can even remember who it was. Information wasn't clear at that point, but it was clear enough to know that something dreadful had happened.
Dunblane could so easily have been known by the wider world as 'the place where all those children were shot', but as much as the tragedy shouldn't be forgotten, I think it's wonderful to now know of the area for something else too, something so positive. I feel certain that Andy will one day go down in history as the most successful British tennis player of all time, and Dunblane will be proud of him, justifiably, for many years to come.
I think it is to Andy's great credit that he doesn't talk about what happened that day in 1996. He was young, maybe that shielded him, and Jamie of course, from the worst of it, we don't know. However, I suppose he could have used it for cheap publicity if he'd been so inclined, especially early on. The fact that he doesn't, the fact that he just concentrates on being the best that he can be, makes his connection to the area especially poignant.