Well-known Kirkintilloch man passes away

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TRIBUTE has been paid to an enigmatic figure who was one of the most recognisable faces in Kirkintilloch.

Jim Rae was a regular sight walking in and around the town centre and canal area for a number of years.

It is understood he passed away of natural causes at his home in the town.

With his distinctive beard and large rucksack, Mr Rae was a familiar presence to many who lived and worked in the town.

One local resident said: “I’d like to pay tribute by saying Jim was a real Kirky legend, happy with his life and a lesson to us all: never judge a book by its cover.”

Diane Campbell, director of governance and regulation at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “We are sorry to hear that Mr Rae has passed away.”

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