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1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Esme Morris Macintyre's funeral: a day of celebration

Mairi Macleod

 Fiona Rutherford 

The funeral was held in the Portmoak Parish Church, Scotlandwell on Tuesday 16th July. Although it was a sad occasion it was very much a celebration of Esme's short but inspirational life. Mourners were welcomed into the church with wonderful harp music by Mairi Macleod and Fiona Rutherford. There were tributes to Esme from Louise Batchelor, Eilidh Gibson (Esme's best friend ) and one brilliantly delivered by Calum Morris Macintyre (Esme's brother) as well as more harp music from Fiona during the service and from Mairi right at the end. The service was very well and sensitively conducted by the Rev Dr Angus Morrison.

In keeping with the theme of celebration mourners were asked to wear bright colours and not black or sombre clothes. It has to be said that on the whole the women managed this better than the men.  

See also Esme's adventure on Facebook

Calum Morris Macintyre delivering his tribute

Esme's new purple harp that arrived just a few days before she died.
Fortunately she had a brief time to play it. 
Rev Dr. Angus Morrison 

The following day Esme was buried in the cemetery at Newtonmore.

Esme Morris Macintyre: 14.02.1995 – 07.07.2013

Coffin with flower petals

Flowers and messages from the family   
Time for quiet contemplation after the burial ceremony (above and below)

Although this is an end to Esme's adventure it need not be the final word. Esme's brave fight and tireless work to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust can be an inspiration to carry on her fundraising. Already £3909 has been raised at and following Esme's funeral.

Towards the end of August CRM will be continuing Esme's Adventure by doing a sponsored bike ride from John O'Groats to Esme's home in Fife.   

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