A Scotsman living in Adelaide is grabbing attention after starting a new business cleaning windows in his kilt.
John Durrant, originally from the remote island of Bute on the west coast of Scotland, came to Australia three years ago as a marketing manager but made a drastic change in career after being made redundant twice in two years.
John cleans windows inside and out, including up to three storey homes, in his traditional Stuart tartan kilt, which he chose to honour his hometown on the tiny Scottish island he hails from.
Since launching the business at the beginning of October, his business has rocketed.
John said he decided to start the business after becoming fed up with working in corporate life. He was made redundant twice in two years and was looking to try something completely different.
“I’ve worked in media and marketing for 20 years and after losing two jobs in as many years, I just woke up one day and decided I was done with marketing and done with the corporate life. I suppose that was the easy part,” says John.
“It was only when I actually stopped and thought, ‘okay, what can I do now?’ that things started to move from there.”
John’s business, Kilted Cleaners, has proved a massive hit with hundreds of happy customers and perfect five-star reviews.
He said the reaction to the new business has been overwhelmingly positive.
“I’m so happy with the way the business has gone so far. I had no idea it would take off quite the way it has when I started.”
For the avoidance of doubt, John says he always wears underwear when he’s working but not if he’s wearing his kilt socially.
“I would never do a job without jocks on, just in case someone happens to be walking under my ladder or there’s a gust of wind,” he says.
“But when I wear it socially, maybe a wedding or something, I’m always a true Scotsman. I wouldn’t be allowed back into Scotland if I were to wear a kilt at a wedding with boxers on.”
John’s business, Kilted Cleaners, covers a large area from Victor Harbor in the south to Gawler and its surrounding regions in the north.
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