STAFF at an East Renfrewshire business have been using Britain’s most famous dinosaur to encourage people to look after their bones properly.

Clarkston Chiropractic has sponsored Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum’s recent exhibition of Dippy the Dinosaur.

On loan from his permanent home at the National History Museum in London, Dippy is a 292-bone full-size cast of a diplodocus skeleton.

During the exhibition, Clarkston Chiropractic has assumed the role of Dippy’s ‘Chirosaurus’ – with staff able to talk to visitors about how to correctly look after their bones.

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Derek Leitch, owner of Clarkston Chiropractic, said: “We are immensely proud to be a Scottish friend of Dippy on tour. His bones may be a smidge bigger than what we are used to dealing with but we will give it our best crack.

“Everyone in our practice, even our clients, are giddy with Dippy excitement. 

"By supporting Dippy on tour, we hope to ignite a spark of imagination in all those who visit Dippy during his time in Scotland.”

The partnership between the firm and the museum has been made possible by a funding programme launched by independent charity Arts and Business Scotland.

The Culture and Business Fund Scotland (CBFS), launched two years ago, has enabled match-funding business sponsorship of cultural projects, leading to closer collaboration between the two sectors.

Match funding provided by the CBFS ranges from £1,000 to £40,000.

Arts and Business Scotland chief executive David Watt said: “I would encourage any cultural organisation looking for new ways to bring their projects to life to consider opportunities for partnering with the business community and potentially accessing match funding from the CBFS.”

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