Hundreds line streets to pay respects to dedicated paramedic

People made sure to adhere to social distancing rules as they paid their final respects.
People made sure to adhere to social distancing rules as they paid their final respects.

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Hundreds of people lined the streets of Campbeltown last Thursday to pay their respects to much-loved and dedicated paramedic Robert Black who passed away after a battle with coronavirus.

Robert, 52, died at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow on Saturday May 2, after contracting COVID-19 in early April while at work.

In line with government guidance Robert’s funeral was private but that did not stop hundreds of people, including members of all of Campbeltown’s emergency services, from turning out to pay their last respects.

They lined the route – while adhering to social distancing rules – as his funeral cortège, led by a police motorcycle, travelled down Main Street and along Hall Street and Kilkerran Road before Robert was laid to rest at Kilkerran Cemetery.

Robert’s wife Catherine and children Lorna and Andrew told the Courier: ‘The shows of affection for Robert from the community in Campbeltown and further afield last Thursday was a fitting tribute to his life and work.

‘We were truly overwhelmed but also heartened by it. Thank you to everyone who turned out to show their support.’

Scottish Ambulance Service staff at stations across the country also held a minute’s silence at noon in memory of Robert.