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PICTURES: Moray remembers bus driver Keith Rollinson


By Alistair Whitfield

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Folk came together in the heart of Elgin on Saturday night to let Keith Rollinson's family know that the community is behind them.

A vigil is held on the Plainstones in Elgin, outside St Giles' Church on Saturday night (February 11) in memory of Keith Rollinson. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
A vigil is held on the Plainstones in Elgin, outside St Giles' Church on Saturday night (February 11) in memory of Keith Rollinson. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

A large crowd gathered on the town centre Plainstones for a vigil in memory of the 58-year-old bus driver who lost his life in such tragic circumstances the previous weekend.

Amongst its numbers were Keith's friends, his neighbours and his work colleagues at Stagecoach, both current and retired.

Candles and flowers were laid on the Plainstones. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Candles and flowers were laid on the Plainstones. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

There were those who had first met him during his years of service with the RAF.

Then there were those who had never known Keith but, moved by the awful news of his death, wanted to show their solidarity.

Lots of people turned out to remember Keith Rollinson. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Lots of people turned out to remember Keith Rollinson. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Floral tributes and candles were laid at the front of St Giles Church, little more than a hundred yards away from the bus station where Keith worked.

Laying a candle in memory of Keith. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Laying a candle in memory of Keith. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Leaflets were handed out bearing his picture as well as a short message in his honour.

People came from all over Moray to take part in the vigil. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
People came from all over Moray to take part in the vigil. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

This stated: "We gather as a community to recognise a life given to serving his country and community, to think of Keith's family and to demonstrate – as a city united – our care, concern and love in the midst of this tragedy."

Flowers and candles were laid on the steps of St Giles Church in the centre of Elgin. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Flowers and candles were laid on the steps of St Giles Church in the centre of Elgin. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Some amongst the crowd were visibly upset.

Some talked quietly amongst themselves in small groups.

Others stood apart in reflection.

One of the organisers Craig Mackay addresses the crowd. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
One of the organisers Craig Mackay addresses the crowd. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Speaking from the church steps, Craig Mackay, one of the vigil's organisers, thanked everyone for braving the cold winter night to be present.

He said: "We didn't want to just carry on as normal because what happened last weekend was not normal.

A moment of reflection on the Plainstones. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
A moment of reflection on the Plainstones. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

"Look to your neighbour. Look to those around you. Look them in the eye and take a moment to appreciate your life."

The vigil concluded with Jack Phillipson playing a Piper's Lament.

Piper Jack Phillipson plays a lament. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Piper Jack Phillipson plays a lament. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

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