Tayside and Central Scotland

Judo champion Josh Gavin's funeral to take place in Alloa

Josh Gavin
Image caption Josh Gavin's funeral will take place at St. Mungo's Parish Church in Alloa

The funeral of former British judo international Josh Gavin will take place at St Mungo's Parish Church in Alloa on Friday.

Mr Gavin, 47, died last week after battling with brain cancer.

The ex-World Masters Champion founded JSJ Judo Club in Alloa 15 years ago and coached about 300 children in the sport.

He is survived by his wife Anne Marie and their three children Stacey, 17, Shaun, 13, and Josh, 7.

The service at St Mungo's will begin at 12:00.

The council said it plans to close several roads in the surrounding area due to the large number of mourners expected.

Clackmannanshire tragedy

Following the service, the procession will leave St Mungo's Parish Church to head towards Sunnyside Cemetery, led by the Bowmar Pipe Band.

Clackmannanshire Provost Tina Murphy said: "Josh's death is a personal tragedy, not just for his family, but a tragedy for the people of Clackmannanshire to lose such a shining star.

"He was a tremendous ambassador for his sport and was totally committed to pass on his skills and knowledge.

"He was a one off and completely irreplaceable. He touched the hearts of many people and on behalf of the council I would like to extend my sympathy to his whole family and of course to his mother and father in Tullibody."

Mr Gavin had been involved in martial arts since he was eight years old. He rose to the height of 6th Dan and was World Masters Champion in judo at the age of 35.

He also carried the Olympic Torch through Cumbernauld after being nominated to be a Torchbearer by the British Judo Association.

Provost Murphy has also decided to lower flags at Alloa Town Hall on as a mark of respect.