EAST Lothian resident Jack McLaughlin will return to national TV screens this year to host STV’s Hogmanay show.

The station will see out its 60th anniversary year with a modern take on one of its most nostalgic programmes with a Thingummyjig Hogmanay Ceilidh.

Thingummyjig, hosted by Mr McLaughlin, who lives near Haddington, was one of STV’s most-watched shows in the 1970s and ‘80s, featuring top variety acts such as Andy Stewart, Fran and Anna, and The Tartan Lads.

A live Thingummyjig show took place in Haddington Corn Exchange in 2014, hosted by Mr McLaughlin.

And Jack – better known to millions as the Laird O’ Coocaddens – is looking forward to the show returning for the Hogmanay one-off.

He said: “I can’t wait to meet up with a great bunch of hoochter teuchter pals at our very swanky sunny dunny for STV’s Thingummyjig Hogmanay Ceilidh.

“I’ll be waggling my wallies once again and asking everyone to join me for a fun night of Scottish music and dance – so I hope everyone at home will be tuning in from their single ends and buts and bens as we see the old year out and bring in the new.”

Paul Hughes, STV head of programmes, said: “We know Hogmanay is about fun, family and traditions for our viewers and nothing says that more than a big ceilidh.

“Our 60th anniversary gave us the perfect opportunity to do just that in conjunction with one of STV’s most loved shows.

“I’m delighted Jack and the John Carmichael Band are joining us to provide the perfect Hogmanay soundtrack for viewers at home.

“They will be treated to a night of Scottish ceilidh classics and a host of well-kent faces including Glen Michael, Eileen McCallum, Archie McPherson, Kris Commons, Lisa Hague and Jesse Rae, as well as many of STV’s current stars.”

STV’s Thingummyjig Hogmanay Ceilidh airs from 11.30pm on December 31 from Glasgow.