Tributes as John Bellany funeral is held

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HUNDREDS have turned out to pay tribute to artist John Bellany at a public funeral service at St Giles’ Cathedral this afternoon.

Family members spoke of their love for a “giant” of a man - the widely-acclaimed East Lothian painter who cherished “family, community

The funeral of John Bellany was held today. Pic: Phil Wilkinson

The funeral of John Bellany was held today. Pic: Phil Wilkinson

and hard work” above all else.

Contemporary Sandy Moffat delivered the moving eulogy, describing his friend as a man who had carried the title of Scot proudly on the

international stage.

Broadcaster and journalist Joan Bakewell gave a reading from Ecclesiastes as part of the service.

John Bellany's hearse passes the harbour at Port Seton. Pic: Phil Wilkinson

John Bellany's hearse passes the harbour at Port Seton. Pic: Phil Wilkinson

First Minister Alex Salmond joined the mourners in paying tribute to one of Scotland’s most influential painters.

Bellany died in the studio of his English home last month at the age of 71 - a paintbrush in his hand at the time of his passing.