David dies in hospital

Journalist David Kelso.

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Well-known Scottish journalist and Arran resident David Kelso has died, aged 63, after a short battle with cancer.

He died in Ayr Hospital on Tuesday.

Educated at Jordanhill College School in Glasgow, David joined a local paper in Clydebank as a trainee reporter in the mid-1970s and quickly revealed not only an unerring eye for a good story, but a flair for sub-editing and page design.

He later worked for the Daily Record and The Sun but having spotted a gap in sports coverage, David established himself as the leading freelance rugby correspondent in the country and developed a particular niche in supplying tabloids with user-friendly copy.

Having lived most of his life in Glasgow’s west-end, David spent his final years on Arran where he ran a successful bed and breakfast business in Sannox in addition to continuing his freelance work.

His son Roddy posted on facebook: ‘Duncan and I would like to take this opportunity to thank those that have been in touch with messages of support and condolence. In addition, the staff at Ayr Hospital are deserving of praise for their support to dad and to us.’


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