Tributes to Trainspotting 2 actor Bradley Welsh a year on from Edinburgh shooting

Emotive messages remember boxing gym boss and charity founder
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Bradley Welsh

TOUCHING tributes have been paid to tragic Trainspotting 2 actor Bradley Welsh a year on from his brutal death.

The 48-year-old boxing gym boss and charity founder was shot on the steps of his West End basement flat a year ago today (Apr 17).

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Former colleagues and friends at the Holyrood Boxing Gym he ran posted an emotive message on Facebook today.

"A year has passed, feels like we talked just yesterday," it read.

"Hearing the words ‘nothing worth having comes easy’ you would say.

"Times are a changing but your ethos, helping one another, your legacy continues till this day.

"Bradley son of Edinburgh we love you, we miss you dearly."

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The Helping Hands charity Mr Welsh co-founded to help disadvantaged kids across the Capital also posted a "rest in peace."

Some added their own tributes with Neil Renton posting: "I’ve got a vision of Brad diving about Edinburgh during all of this, making sure those less fortunate were being looked after. Rest in peace."

Sean Orman, 28, is awaiting trial after being charged in connection with Mr Welsh's alleged murder.

Orman, from Addiewell in West Lothian, faces a series of other charges including the attempted murder of another man during an incident in Pitcairn Grove last March.

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Hundreds of mourners turned out to pay their respects to Mr Welsh at his funeral last June.

A procession to Mortonhall Crematorium was led by a green coffin in tribute to the Hibs fan.

Friends and loved ones laid floral tributes to the sounds of club anthem The Proclaimers’ Sunshine on Leith.

A poster featuring an illustration of Mr Welsh, who played kingpin Mr Doyle in the big screen adaptation of the Trainspotting follow up, bearing a number of poignant messages from friends was on display outside.

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Author Irvine Welsh was among those attending after tweeting a heartfelt message to his fallen friend.

It read: “Early train from London to Edinburgh to pay last respects to our wonderful, legendary friend Bradley at holyrood boxing Miss him so much already.

“It’ll be a very hard day for us all but we’ll stand together in praise and celebration of a great and unique human being.”