Leader, April 9 2021

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Tributes to Jock MacVicar

During an almost 60-year career, Southend’s Jock MacVicar well and truly established his position as one of Scotland’s leading golf writers.

Tributes have been flooding in not only from Jock’s colleagues in the world of journalism but from across the golfing industry.

Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie was one of the many players to pay tribute. In a social media statement, he wrote: ‘Very sad to hear Jock MacVicar has died. I first met Jock when playing in the 1979 Scottish Boys Championship at Dunbar. He was always very supportive and knowledgeable. We spoke a few months ago. Speaking to Jock was like talking to an old friend. He will be very sadly missed.’

An eminent professional, Jock continued working right up until he died, and would surely have enjoyed reporting on Oban golfer Robert MacIntyre’s Masters debut.

Our thoughts are with all Jock’s friends and family at this difficult time.

Lift-off for helipad

It was an emotional experience watching the first helicopter land at the new Robert Black Memorial Helipad last week.

It is less than a year since heroic paramedic Robert Black died after a battle with Covid-19 and his loss is still felt acutely in the community.

To see his memory being immortalised through something which will undoubtedly save many lives for years to come is particularly poignant.