Watch as hundreds of mourners applaud Tom Gilzean as funeral cortege passes M&S on Princes Street

Hundreds of mourners lined Princes Street and applauded as the funeral cortege of Edinburgh fundraising hero Tom Gilzean passed along the city thoroughfare.

Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 2:44 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 3:21 pm

Many also threw flowers onto the front of the hearse as it drove past Marks and Spencer, where he regularly spent time fundraising. Those at the scene spoke of a 'lump in the throat' moment.

The war veteran and charity hero had raised over £1million for numerous causes in his lifetime.

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Hundreds of mourners stood as the funeral cortege passed along Princes Street. Pictures: Lisa Ferguson

Around 300 mourners turned out, some wearing tartan, to St Mary's Catholic Cathedral on Tuesday afternoon to pay their respects to 99-year-old Tom, who passed away in early November.

Father Jamie McMorrin delivered the homily while Archbishop Leo Cushley also said a few words. Lord Provost Frank Ross and Sir Tom Farmer were both in attendance.

A piper from the Royal Brtish Legion played as mourners entered the Cathedral.

The Archbishop called Tom an 'extraordinary man' during the opening speeches, while also referring to his relentless fundraising on the street of the Capital by calling him 'an ornament of Edinburgh'.

Tom Gilzean's funeral cortege went along Princes Street.

Son Douglas delivered a speech full of emotion, saying: "To our family he was just a loving dad."

Crowds paused as the funeral cortege passed along Princes Street.