Yesterday I headed north for the funeral of Jimmy Macintyre (James Alexander) MBE, my father-in-law who died peacefully early on Monday aged 97. Unfortunately the EasyJet flight, which left Gatwick Airport in bright, warm sunshine, was unable to land at Inverness. The plane was seconds from touching down when the pilot pulled out of the landing. Just as well because very strong, violent winds were blowing the plane all over the place and it looked very unlikely that we would have been able to land safely. Apparently the barometer had plummeted just before we were due to land around 3.30pm
Jimmy was the former deputy chief constable of Inverness-shire until he retired when he became reporter to the children's panel for Inverness-shire. As his childhood was spent in dire poverty in a series of crofts in western Scotland with very little education, this was a remarkable achievement.
5th February: See the obituary in The Scotsman here.