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Family farewell to McRae and son
Colin and Johnny McRae's funeral
Colin and Johnny McRae made a final journey together
The funeral of former rally world champion Colin McRae and his five-year-old son Johnny has taken place near Glasgow.

Father and son made their final journey together in the same coffin.

They died along with two others in a helicopter crash, in the grounds of Mr McRae's home near Lanark 12 days ago.

Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart and Rangers captain Barry Ferguson were among about 200 mourners at the private service at Daldowie crematorium.

Mr McRae's helicopter came down in the grounds of his Jerviswood residence, about a mile north of Lanark on Saturday, 15 September.

Also killed in the crash were family friends Ben Porcelli, six, and Graeme Duncan, 37.

The three-car funeral cortege arrived at Daldowie's East Chapel at 1410 BST.

Mr McRae's wife Alison and nine-year-old daughter Hollie, along with his father Jimmy, stepped outside the first car and into the chapel.

Father's embrace

They were closely followed by other family members, including Mr McRae's brother and fellow rally driver Alister.

Former Scotland and Rangers star Ally McCoist and IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti joined the mourners.

The service was conducted by family friend the Reverend Tom Houston, who married Mr McRae and his wife, and the Reverend Steven Reid, Johnny's chaplain at Underbank Primary School in Lanark.

One of Mr McRae's favourite songs, Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay, by Otis Redding, was played as the family entered the church.

Johnny and Colin McRae
The McRaes and two friends died on 15 September

Mourners, including Ben Porcelli's father Mark and Mr McRae's co-driver Nicky Grist, began leaving at 1500 BST, almost an hour after the start of the service.

They had heard the address given by Mr McRae's close friend and colleague Robbie Head.

It was followed by a rendition of Highland Cathedral by Mr McRae's niece and nephews.

The benediction was given by Mr Houston.

Mourners left the chapel to the sound of The Proclaimers' I'm On My Way.

Jimmy McRae embraced mourners before being driven off in a black Mercedes.

The family asked mourners not to send flowers but instead to make donations to three charities: Make A Wish; Brave Heart Children's Trust and The Children's Hospice Association of Scotland.

A note on the back of the Order of Service said: "Alison, Hollie and both families would like to thank everyone for their love, support and help throughout this tragedy."

Alison and Hollie McRae
Alison and Hollie McRae thanked everyone for their love and support

A public memorial celebration will take place in the driver's home town of Lanark on Sunday.

The McRae family had asked that their privacy be respected with regard to the funeral.

Those wishing to pay their respects will have an opportunity to do so at the public service.

The High Street in Lanark will be closed to traffic during Sunday's service at St Nicolas Church, which will start at 1600 BST.

It will be relayed on large screens to those gathered outside.

Mr McRae's widow and daughter were among 500 mourners who attended Ben Porcelli's funeral earlier this week.

The wreckage of the helicopter has been moved to Farnborough for examination by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.




SEE ALSO
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