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Son pays tribute to Mayfield shopkeeper dad

Brian Ball from Mayfield on a fishing holiday in Fuertaventura in February 2014

Brian Ball from Mayfield on a fishing holiday in Fuertaventura in February 2014

In the week of kayak rescue hero and Mayfield shopkeeper Brian Ball’s funeral, his son has paid tribute to his “good guy” father.

Brian Ball (58), who ran Bits and Bobs in Mayfield, was praised by police for his quick response to help a capsized kayaker off the East Lothian coast last October.

His son, Brian John Ball, now runs the shop on Mayfield Place. Although still in shock at the sudden death,he spoke to the Advertiser about his father.

He said: “I don’t know what to say. He was a good guy. That’s all you can really say.

“And I will definitely miss him. We were really close.

“We went fishing really regularly, mostly off Dunbar. But if he wanted to recharge the batteries, we would go to the west for a weekend.

“We did that much together, it’s quite mind-blowing to think. We did some travelling all over the world and had some adventures. I don’t know where to begin, there was so many.

“I remember if we got into any weird situations, he would say it was ‘ball luck’. It’s funny to look back on now.”

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

 

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