Final trip down beloved canal for barge fan Bim

Old Seagull Trust on canal in Kirky. Funeral of James Scott at St Mary's - his coffin is being carried in a barge he built along the canal. 'Photo Emma Mitchell'9/11/12
Old Seagull Trust on canal in Kirky. Funeral of James Scott at St Mary's - his coffin is being carried in a barge he built along the canal. 'Photo Emma Mitchell'9/11/12

FAMILY and friends of a grandad who passed away earlier this month helped give him a final send off – on a barge he created himself.

James Scott suffered a heart attack on November 2. He was 55.

James, known as Bim, had transformed the barge from a shell into a home, which was moored at Tintock in Kirkintilloch, after selling his house in Waterside.

James spent around two years working on the barge, which he named Auld Bessie after his mum.

His family decided it would be a fitting tribute to have his coffin travel on the barge along the Forth and Clyde Canal to his funeral at St Mary’s Parish Church.

James was dad to Brian (37), James (33) and 12-month-old baby Seren, and had five grandchildren.

Brian said: “The barge is absolutely beautiful. We decided dad had to get a last sail.

“There was family and close friends and it took us about an hour and a half to go from Auchinstarry to Kirkintilloch. There were a few tears along the way.

“One of dad’s friends had a barge. The next thing we knew he was looking to buy one. He had just finished working on it.”

More than 300 people attended James’ funeral.

Brian added: “He was one of the best father’s or friend you could ask for. He would have done anything for you.”

James was an electrician and plumber to trade. He latterly worked for Robeslee Concrete in Kirkintilloch.

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