Henry is bade a fond farewell

The guard of honour staged by the Brodick fire brigade crew.

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There was a big turnout of people in Brodick on Tuesday to pay their respects to a Brodick legend Henry McNicol who died earlier this month. He was 88.

Due to the fact that his many friends could not attend his funeral at Old Brodick Cemetery, his family made it known that the funeral procession was leaving the McNicol workshop, where he spent all his working years, and making its way via Shore Road to the cemetery.

The crowd, who gathered and applauded as the hearse passed, stretched from the Book and Card Centre to the end of the Ormidale Park. Members of Scottish Fire and Rescue Service from Brodick fire station, where Henry served for many years, latterly as the station sub officer, formed a guard of honour and were among the first to pay their respects along with members of Henry’s beloved Brodick and Isle of Arran football teams.

Afterwards, son Gareth posted on social media: ‘Sincere thanks to everyone who lined the village to pay their respects to my dad. The turnout from the fire brigade and the football lads was a really special gesture. It was impossible to spot everyone, but was greatly appreciated by all the family at a very sad time. My dad would have wanted to stop for a blether with you all.’


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