A TROON grandfather of one who is battling Parkinson’s Disease hopes to give everyone the 15 minutes of fame Andy Warhol said we would all have on TV, writes Stewart McConnell.

Joe Dorfman recently retired from running a small video and web streaming business after being diagnosed with the debilitating illness. Now he is looking to keep himself active by helping make people famous through establishing a new YouTube channel, Troon TV.

He said: “I worked as regional manager for Panasonic and Sony and we sold broadcasting equipment for TV to the BBC. Panasonic at the time were the largest electronics company in the world. I had to retire because I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease about three years ago as it doesn’t get any better so I felt I am still relatively fit, I’ve got the equipment and why not work with groups to help promote them and keep myself active. I’ve already had quite a few people asking me to do this and that. It’s about giving groups a voice, taking their ideas and moulding them.

“I want to see more inter-generational things. We used to run community events called script to screen which involved 30 people. One group would work on a factual programme and the other had a drama and we would invite friends and parents to see them. At the second Live@Troon we involved pupils from Marr College creating a video of the weekend.

“I have spoken to Troon Community Council who are keen to work with me, could we do something there. We will ask them what they want us to cover - it will be things people want to watch. It would be getting vox pops on the the street with Indy Ref probably coming up, Brexit and a General Election. A guy also contacted me about Scrabble groups he is runnings and Dundonald Highland Games. Anyone interested in Troon TV should contact Joe Dorfman on Facebook.