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Veteran Black Isle councillor passes away

By Jamie Durent

TRIBUTES were paid at the full council meeting on Thursday to veteran Black Isle councillor Billy Barclay, who has passed away aged 62.

At the start of Thursday’s council meeting, Convener Jimmy Gray paid tribute to councillor Barclay, of Boggiewell Farm, Fortrose, and announced that business would be restricted to a few essential items.

As a mark of respect, the first meeting of the Skye, Ross and Cromarty Area Committee, which was scheduled for Monday, has been postposed.

An independent councillor, Mr Barclay represented the ward alongside David Alston, Isobel McCallum and Craig Fraser.

Stunned colleagues at Highland Council, where he was due to attend a meeting in Inverness yesterday paid tribute to him and held a two-minute silence as a mark of respect.

The full council meeting was subsequently cut short. He is survived by his wife Jennifer, and children, Christopher, Mark and Stephen and daughter Paula.

The father-of-four and grandfather, who had recently celebrated his ruby wedding anniversary with Jennifer, was a devoted family man, said his colleague the Cromarty Firth councillor Carolyn Wilson.

Councillor Barclay, who underwent a successful heart bypass operation several years ago, was understood to have been tending to a cow which was calving on his farm when he was discovered after 10pm last night.

The 62-year-old, of Boggiewell Farm, Fortrose, was elected to the local authority in 2003 to represent the village and Avoch.

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