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David MacLennan funeral: Hundreds mourn theatre producer and writer

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Image caption The funeral service was held at Clydebank Crematorium

Actors Gregor Fisher and Elaine C Smith were among hundreds of mourners at the funeral of theatre producer and writer David MacLennan.

Family and friends wore bright-coloured clothes to honour the man regarded as the driving force of Scottish theatre.

A piper played as mourners arrived for the service at Clydebank Crematorium on Saturday.

David MacLennan, 65, died eight days ago. He had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

Others attending the ceremony included playwright and artist John Byrne, Still Game stars Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan and actors Dave Anderson and Colin McCredie.

Mr MacLennan's son Shane read a poem written by his father during the service and everyone joined in with a performance of the Robert Burns song A Man's A Man For A' That.

His brother Robert told the gathering: "His life has enriched us all."

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Image caption Family and friends turned out in bright-coloured clothes to honour Mr MacLennan
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Image caption Actress Elaine C Smith was among the hundreds of mourners
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Image caption Mr MacLennan was regarded as the driving force of Scottish theatre

There was laughter and clapping as friends paid tribute to Mr MacLennan, who helped establish the influential 7:84 and Wildcat theatre companies in the 1970s.

More recently he was behind the popular lunchtime theatre programme A Play, A Pie And A Pint which began in Glasgow and has since been reproduced internationally.

Since it began in 2004, thousands of people have enjoyed the work of new and established writers at Oran Mor in the city's west end, where people were invited to gather following the service.

Mr MacLennan was pictured on the back of the order of service enjoying one of his favourite pastimes, fishing.

He is survived by his wife, the actress Juliet Cadzow.

A collection was taken at the service for the MND (Motor Neurone Disease) Association.

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