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Memorial service for rally driver Jimmy Girvan

Jimmy Girvan
Image caption Jimmy Girvan was a former Scottish Rally Champion

A memorial service has been held for Inverness rally driver Jimmy Girvan who was killed in the Colin McRae Forest Stages event in Perthshire last month.

Family and friends gathered in their hundreds at the city's Ness Bank Church.

The former Scottish Rally Champion's Subaru Impreza collided with boulders and then crashed into trees at the Griffin section of the course.

The 56-year-old's navigator, Mike Ramsay, was cut free from the vehicle.

He was taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee where he was treated for an arm injury.

The rally in Aberfeldy is held in memory of world championship winning rally driver Mr McRae who died in a helicopter crash three years ago.

Rally organisers cancelled the event straight after Mr Girvan's accident as a mark of respect.

Image caption Injured navigator Mike Ramsay was among the mourners

The businessman lived in North Kessock and is survived by his wife Fiona and their daughter Caitlin. The family own the Girvans and Riva restaurants in Inverness.

Following his death, Mr Girvan's family paid tribute to him.

They said: "Words cannot describe the pain and heartache.

"But those who knew Jimmy will know what an exceptional person he was and although it seems as though the sun will no longer shine, we know Jimmy would like to be remembered as the funny, loving, talented man he was and for the multitude of fond memories he leaves behind, not for the way he was taken from us."

A private funeral was held at Tore cemetery before the service in Inverness.

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