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Funeral for McRae family friend
Graeme Duncan
Graeme Duncan on a quad bike, picture from the Order of Service
About 400 mourners have attended the funeral of a former quad bike champion who died in the helicopter crash which killed rally star Colin McRae.

Graeme Duncan, 37, died with Mr McRae when their aircraft went down in south Lanarkshire almost a fornight ago.

Colin's McRae's son, Johnny, and his friend Ben Porcelli also died.

Mr Duncan was remembered at a service at Lanark Auction Mart. His wife Jennifer, 31, and their 10-month-old son Jake were among the mourners.

Colin McRae's wife Alison, nine-year-old daughter Hollie, and parents Jim and Margaret also attended along with the parents of Ben Porcelli.

The life we had planned and lived was taken away in a second
Jennifer Duncan

The Twin Squirrel helicopter crashed in the grounds of Mr McRae's Jerviswood home, about a mile north of Lanark, on Saturday 15 September.

The group had been flying back from a visit to a nearby village when the machine got into difficulty.

Mr Duncan, an agricultural engineer, had returned from France to be the best man at a friend's wedding.

He had moved there with wife, Jennifer, to help run a farm in the Faycelles area with his parents, James and Helen, who are retired vets.

Flower of Scotland

The Reverend Sarah Ross read out a tribute written by Jennifer, who sat cradling her son at the service.

She said: "Who would have thought that our holiday that we talked and dreamed about and that we had worked so hard for would have ended like this, even before it had begun?

"The life we had planned and lived was taken away in a second.

"You made me proud to be your wife and mother to our son, Jake, who part of you will live on in and from whom I will gain comfort every time I look at his little face."

Mourners at Graeme Duncan's funeral
Mourners gather at Mr Duncan's funeral in Lanark

The 40-minute service began with the Puff Daddy song I'll Be Missing You, which was played as photos of Mr Duncan and his family were shown on two screens.

Mourners were asked to sing two songs, Flower Of Scotland and Amazing Grace.

The service was attended by many of Mr Duncan's friends from France, who said they would never forget his cheerfulness and his passion for rugby.

Mourners heard about Mr Duncan's love of quad biking and how he won the title of British Championship newcomer in 2001.

James Blunt's Goodbye My Lover was played as Mr Duncan's coffin was taken from the service and placed in a silver Land Rover.

The Land Rover was followed by two cars carrying family to the burial at nearby Lanark Cemetery.

More than a dozen quad bikes and motorbikes made up the cortege.

Mr Duncan's friends rode the colourful bikes, many of them in their black funeral suits, as a tribute to the biking enthusiast.


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