A LOCHGELLY business were thanking their lucky stars as an American singer-songwriter stopped by for a visit.

Dean Friedman was given a guided tour of Cartmore Building Supplies and the company's impressive new landscaping display.

The firm are sponsoring Friedman on his Scottish tour dates as part of his return to live UK performances, as well as his new album American Lullaby.

The 67-year-old musician, known for hits such as Ariel, Lucky Stars and Lydia, commented: "It was good to have the opportunity to pop into Cartmore to see Gordon and the team and thank them for their support.

"Also having the chance to view Cartmore’s new premises and their recently opened stunning hard landscaping display was a real pleasure. It should be a real benefit for the business and customers going forward.

"I always really enjoy my time on tour in Scotland and getting the opportunity to know the country better is a real benefit.

"This year’s tour despite all our recent past challenges has been really enjoyable and I look forward to ending my UK dates in Edinburgh from August 17 to 21."

Gordon Banks, director of Cartmore, who helped arrange the visit and sponsorship, said: "It was really good of Dean to visit our branch today and see our new hard landscaping display.

"His support is welcome, and we also hope our backing of his Scottish tour dates has been beneficial, especially after the hiatus of the last few years.

"Dean is a memorable songwriter and performer with a back catalogue of classic songs which have been added to with his new album American Lullaby.

"I am delighted that Cartmore have been able to support Dean on this tour."

The Times recently told you that former Prime Minister recently visited the new home of Cartmore to cut the ribbon on the display.

It covers 1,000 square metres, and has and will provide the construction sector and public a source of ideas for jobs of all sizes.

Mr Brown had said: "I am delighted to celebrate the opening of the new Cartmore landscaping display which will undoubtedly be another successful venture for the company, building on their successful move to new premises last May."