Shock in Mayfield at death of kayak hero

Mayfield shopkeeper Brian Ball who sadly passed away last week, aged 58

Mayfield shopkeeper Brian Ball who sadly passed away last week, aged 58

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A community has reacted with shock that a local shopkeeper has died suddenly, six months after he rescued a capsized kayaker near Dunbar.

Brian Ball (58), ran a shop in Mayfield Place called Bits and Bobs, selling everything from toys to hardware.

Last Thursday he was found dead at his Mayfield home. Police Scotland said: “Police responded to an address at Sycamore Road, Mayfield, on May 22 after a 58 year old man was found dead within. His death is being treated as non-suspicious.”

Tributes to Brian have poured into the Advertiser.

The Reverend Sean Swindells of Mayfield and Easthouses Parish Church said: “Brian will be very sadly missed by the community.

“He was the kind of person you wanted to be involved in the community and there are not many like him.

“He was friendly, supportive, but I think it was his helpful attitude more than anything else. Nothing was too much trouble.

“He is certainly a big loss to the community.”

In October the Advertiser reported praise for Brian’s quick response when his radio equipment alerted him to a nearby capsized kayaker as he fished off the East Lothian coast. After coastguards directed him to the scene, Brian pulled the unconscious man from the water into his boat ‘Dignity’.

Read more in this week’s Advertiser, out now.

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