Former Lord Provost Kenneth Borthwick dies, age 101

Lord Provost Kenneth Borthwick and his two young helpers switch on the Christmas lights at the Mound in Edinburgh in December 1978.
Lord Provost Kenneth Borthwick and his two young helpers switch on the Christmas lights at the Mound in Edinburgh in December 1978.
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Tributes have been paid to former Lord Provost Kenneth Borthwick, who has died age 101.

Lord Provost Frank Ross described the ex-Commonwealth Games Chairman as a “colourful character’.

Elected in 1956, Leith-born Mr Borthwick was Lord Provost between 1977 – 1980.

He died peacefully last week at the Royal Infirmary aged 101.

He was a pupil at Hermitage Park Primary and George Heriot’s before joining the police force at 19 in Aberdeen. After a stint in South Africa he returned to Edinburgh to enter local politics.

Mr Ross said: “I was sad to hear of the passing of Kenneth Borthwick – a stalwart of local government politics. As a sports enthusiast, Ken drove support for the creation of the Council’s famous Royal Commonwealth Pool, the Hill-end Ski Slope and upgrades to Meadowbank Sports Centre. A colourful character with a varied career, Ken Borthwick was both a Sergeant in the Royal Airforce and Dean of the Edinburgh and Leith Consular Corps; a confectioner and also Chair the 1986 Commonwealth Games.

“I would like to pay tribute to his time as a Councillor and Lord Provost and pass our sympathies to his son, daughter and grandchildren on their loss.”