'Bucket Heid' speaks of his ordeal
An Aberdeen man has revealed how he came to be rescued by firefighters after getting his head stuck in a city centre litter bin.
William Middleton, 53, said he accidentally dropped his hat in the bin while disposing of some rubbish.
It was while trying to retrieve the hat that he got his head stuck - leading to his rescue in front of scores of onlookers and a new nickname.
"It was shocking... I was stuck for about 20 minutes. It was stinking. I'm now known as Bucket Heid," he told The Scotsman.
Mr Middleton's unfortunate accident was captured on camera by a passer-by and quickly went viral on Facebook and Twitter.
A passer-by called 999 and within minutes police, paramedics and fire crews with specialist cutting equipment arrived at the scene.
Many people sympathised with his plight - leaving hundreds of messages of support on Facebook. But Mr Middleton's friends saw the funny side.
One woman - who did not want to be named - said: "I walked around the corner and saw his walking stick on the ground and his bum sticking out and said 'that's Willie'.
"Me and my pals tried to pull him out but his ears were stuck. He is a well-known public figure around here and now he's even more famous."