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Monday, July 26, 1999 Published at 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK

UK Politics

Lasting tribute to BBC journalist

Off screen, Kenny Macintyre loved football

An appeal has been launched to refurbish a public park in memory of the late BBC Scotland Political and Industrial Correspondent Kenny Macintyre.

Residents from Tobermory on the island of Mull are hoping to raise £250,000 for a pavilion, changing rooms, and two multi-purpose sports pitches which will be used by the community.

Islanders feel the scheme is a fitting tribute to Mr Macintyre, who was raised in Tobermory and regularly coached football to children in the park.

[ image: Kenny Macintyre was buried on Mull]
Kenny Macintyre was buried on Mull
The 54-year-old was out running near his Glasgow home in May this year when he collapsed and died from a massive heart attack.

Mary Jean Devon, who is spearheading the appeal, said: "When his hectic timetable would allow, Kenny would be seen in the public park in Tobermory coaching the younger generation in the skills of football."

She added: "For all its scenic charm, Tobermory has virtually no sports facilities for team events particularly for young people.

"To carry on Kenny's good work in this way will be a fitting tribute to the man whose first love was sport and whom we will miss very much."

Radio Highlands

Mr Macintyre, who is survived by his wife Elizabeth and their two sons, entered broadcasting in his 30s when he began filing reports on island life for Radio Highlands.

He moved from there into industrial and then political journalism.

Being a part of Scotland's reporting elite meant a move to Glasgow for Kenny and his family. But he kept a home in Tobermory and continued to be part of the town's life.

Mr Macintyre's death sent shock-waves through the world of UK politics and brought tributes from politicians of all persuasions.

He was held in such high esteem that UK Prime Minister Tony Blair was moved to say the "man was an institution."

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