Passing of well-known Arbroath man Iain Grimmond

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The Arbroath Herald is saddened to report that a well-known figure in amateur music circles in Arbroath and Angus has died after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mr Iain Grimmond (69) had been closely involved with music from an early age, singing with the Inverbrothock School Choir at the Arbroath Music Festival, as well as the Elizabeth Gordon Children’s Choir.

In his younger days his interest in folk music saw him regularly attending the Arbroath Folk Club and, for a while, he performed with a group called ‘The Ither Lot’. His love of all types of music saw him taking part in productions by the Arbroath Musical Society where he became president, the Arbroath Choral Society, the St Vigeans Church Choir, the Arbroath Male Voice Choir and he also enjoyed a few panto seasons with the Abbey Theatre and retained a connection there as a set builder.

Latterly, he was well-known around Arbroath and further afield as one half of the folk duo ‘Inchcape’ along with accordionist Tony Simpson. Together, they did extensive charity work.

On leaving Arbroath High School, Mr Grimmond served an apprenticeship as an electrical engineer with Giddings & Lewis Fraser. He later worked as a service engineer with Callander Oils, Forfar, and, after a short return to Giddings & Lewis Fraser, started a new career in charge of maintenance and installation of overhead cranes and chocolate refiners with Low & Duff (LADCO).

His final employment took him all over the world working on control panels for a variety of machines with Arthur G Russell, later AGR Automation.

Mr Grimmond was a past president of Arbroath Rotary Club and, earlier this year, he was part of the team that produced the Rotary Variety Show in the Webster Theatre, raising money for Ward 32 in Ninewells Hospital where he was receiving treatment.

Mr Grimmond is survived by his wife Shona, two daughters Kirsteen and Lynsey, and granddaughters Chloe and Holly.

The funeral will be on Tuesday, 1.30pm at George Stewart’s Funeral Directors then to Parkgrove.