The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Farewell to ‘Mr Fraser­burgh’

Fu­neral: Broch turns out to pay re­spects to Henry Duthie for decades of ded­i­ca­tion

- BY RE­BEKAH MCVEY Fraserburgh · The Boys · The Beach Boys

Young­sters formed a guard of hon­our to salute as a lo­cal lu­mi­nary made his fi­nal voy­age through the town he loved.

Henry Duthie was known af­fec­tion­ately as “Mr Fraser­burgh”, due to the decades of tire­less ser­vice he de­voted to the north-east com­mu­nity.

He died last week and was laid to rest on Satur­day – on what would have been his 97 th birth­day.

The “larger than life per­son­al­ity” played an ac­tive role in all as­pects of life in the Broch and was made an MBE for his ser­vices.

He founded the Fraser­burgh Ju­nior Arts So­ci­ety, was a Boys’ Bri­gade stal­wart and chair­man of Fraser­burgh 400 an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

The hearse left the chapel at Alexan­der Buchan and Son’s fu­neral direc­tors at 10.30am and trav­elled up

Water­mill Road to pass by Gal­lowhill Ter­race.

It then went along West Road and up over Den­ny­duff Road, past the West Church, be­fore ar­riv­ing at Kirk­ton Ceme­tery.

As it made its poignant pas­sage through the streets, peo­ple stepped out­side their homes to bid Mr Duthie farewell by ap­plaud­ing.

Next of kin Karen McKil­lop was “like fam­ily” to Mr Duthie and or­gan­ised the fu­neral.

She said: “It was a good send-off, it was a sunny day and the preacher Rhoda McDon­ald did an ex­cel­lent job of putting to­gether all the in­for­ma­tion about Henry’s life and ev­ery­thing he did for the town.”

Around 70 boys, lead­ers and for­mer lead­ers from across the Buchan Bat­tal­ion and the 4th Fraser­burgh Boys’ Bri­gade lined the streets while mak­ing sure to re­main safely dis­tanced.

Cap­tain of the of the group, Martin Dun­bar, was among those pay­ing their re­spects.

Mr Dun­bar said: “The num­ber of peo­ple who chose to pay their fi­nal re­spects to Henry through­out the town was tes­ta­ment to the type of per­son Henry was.

“The Boys’ Bri­gade was well rep­re­sented and there was a good mix of for­mer boys and of­fi­cers.

“While the hearse made its way to the ceme­tery, the Boys’ Bri­gade were salut­ing him and there were also peo­ple clap­ping.

“It was just Henry through and through. He had a way of bring­ing peo­ple to­gether. It was a fit­ting trib­ute to his life.”

 ?? Pho­tographs by Kenny El­rick ?? GUARD OF HON­OUR: Mem­bers of the Boys’ Bri­gade salute as the hearse ar­rives at Kirk­ton Ceme­tery.
Pho­tographs by Kenny El­rick GUARD OF HON­OUR: Mem­bers of the Boys’ Bri­gade salute as the hearse ar­rives at Kirk­ton Ceme­tery.
 ??  ?? Boys’ Bri­gade mem­bers line the streets in trib­ute
Boys’ Bri­gade mem­bers line the streets in trib­ute
 ??  ?? Henry Duthie
Henry Duthie

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