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Thursday, 10 February, 2000, 17:22 GMT
Final Harvester funerals held

Funeral cortege A cortege carries the bodies of the Craig, Robin and David Mills

The remaining two fisherman from the crew of seven who died on the Solway Harvester have been laid to rest.

Martin Milligan, 26, and John Murphy, 22, were buried in private ceremonies in the small communities around the Isle of Whithorn in south-west Scotland.

A ceremony was held for Mr Murphy at the Priory Church of St Ninian in his home village of Whithorn.

Prayers were said for Mr Murphy and tribute was paid to the Isle of Man Government which funded the operation to recover the bodies from the wreck.

Martin Milligan, 26 A private ceremony was held for Martin Milligan
A private funeral for Mr Milligan was held in Garlieston Parish Church.

He was the last of the seven victims to be laid to rest.

Community spokesman John Scoular said: "I think everybody now is quite tired and we are just hoping that there is some normality ahead.

"It's been a long four weeks."

Hundreds attended three separate services on Wednesday for skipper Craig Mills, 29, his brother Robin, 33, their cousin David, 17, and teenagers David Lyons and Wesley Jolly.

The seven men died when the Solway Harvester sank in heavy seas off the Isle of Man on 11 January.

Mourners Mourners gather at the Mills' funeral
The small communities of Whithorn, Isle of Whithorn and Garlieston have been united in grief at the loss the Kirkudbright-based scallop dredger.

The Mills brothers were laid to rest side by side in a cemetery near Isle of Whithorn.

Hundreds lined the streets for the service at the tiny village church where tributes were paid to each of the men.

The Rev Alexander Currie said: "We mourn the loss of three of our own.

"They were husbands, brothers, sons and fathers."

Floral tribute

In an emotional eulogy, local hotel owner John Scoular spoke of each of the men.

He said: "They lived life to the full and that is how we have to remember them.

"The lads brought life and vitality to the village and very often laughter."

One floral tribute came from the crew of another fishing boat and was shaped like a scallop dredger.

It said: "To Craig and the boys on the Harvester. Sadly missed, always remembered. From the boys on the Kingfisher."

After waiting more than three agonising weeks for their men to be found and returned, the funerals are a watershed for the communities.

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