Euan McGrory: Greyfriars Bobby vandalism tale has a happy ending

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Friday, 12th January 2018, 8:29 pm
Updated Friday, 12th January 2018, 8:45 pm
William Purves funeral directors fixed the damaged grave of Greyfriars Bobby's master John Gray

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Even after more than 20 years working as a journalist, I am still surprised by just how quickly some things get sorted after we bring them to wider public attention. Today we return to the story of the vandalism which toppled the grave of Greyfriars Bobby’s master John Gray. I am pleased to report that there is a happy ending, thanks to funeral directors William Purves. They have stepped in to fix the memorial stone ahead of a special event at the weekend after the council said it couldn’t do it that fast. Well done all at William Purves.