Memorial service for Charles Kennedy to take place in Dingwall next Monday

Charles Kennedy represented his highland constituency for 32 years, and his constituency office was based in Dingwall. Next Monday evening, there will be a memorial service for Charles in the town:

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie will give a tribute to Charles and the service will feature music composed by Charles’ father, Ian Kennedy, who also died earlier this year.

Ross, Skye and Lochaber Liberal Democrats’ convener Duncan McKay told the Scotsman:

So many people all over the Highlands were proud to call Charles Kennedy a friend.

I know the family has been overwhelmed by the extraordinary number of kind messages and fond memories they have received in the weeks following his sudden and very sad passing.

Dingwall played a central part in Charles’ political life and many people have asked for a service locally to remember him.

I am enormously grateful to the congregation of St Clement’s for enabling the use of their church and to Father Roddy Macaulay for giving his time to lead the service.

I feel privileged to have known Charles ever since his selection to contest the Ross, Cromarty and Skye constituency for the Liberal/SDP Alliance in 1983.

He had an extraordinary talent, not only in communicating his own ideas but in listening and understanding the experiences of others.

I’ll be heading up north to be there. It was so strange being in the area last week. Charles was MP there for two thirds of my life and he is very much missed by so many of us.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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One Comment

  • Richard Underhill 21st Aug '15 - 11:52am

    With the EU referendum coming he will be missed. Still shocked by the news.
    i first met him at a Liberal International meeting in Budapest where a local party had a maximum age limit for membership of 35.
    i last saw him at the Eastleigh by-election, firm handshake, Lib Dem win, tory candidate third,

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