Fond tribute to Dalkeith fan John

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More than 200 people paid their respects to Dalkeith man John Barr at his recent funeral at Mortonhall Crematorium.

A passionate lover of Dalkeith Thistle FC, the husband, brother, uncle and great uncle lost his fight against cancer at the age of 70.

Born at Bellshill Maternity Unit, the first four years of his life were spent at the family home in Lanarkshire.

When the pits closed in the West of Scotland he moved to Midlothian with his parents and two brothers and sisters, initially staying in the yellow prefab houses in Woodburn.

He went to primary school in Dalkeith and later attended Dalkeith High.

His next home was at Hepburn Drive, where he remained until moving in with his wife Anne.

The couple met on the dancefloor at Easthouses Institute – Anne was just 15 and John 16. They were later married at Newbattle Registry Office, and lived in Dalkeith for most of their married life together.

His first job was tiling fireplaces as an apprentice at Gilmerton firm Baxendales. At 21 he gave up tiling to work at the Ferranti factory in Dalkeith, initially as a production man and later as a production controller.

A football fanatic, he supported Motherwell all his life, and would regularly drive his father to home games at Firhill.

He also had a passion for all things Dalkeith, not least Dalkeith Thistle FC, which became his adopted club after he attended his first game aged 10 – sneaking his way into the match by climbing a fence.

A long-serving supporter, he hardly missed a home match and went on to become club president.

Read full story in the January 24 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.