Church memorial planned for Charles Kennedy

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A STAINED glass memorial for former MP Charles Kennedy and his parents is to be placed in their church in the Highlands.

A fundraising campaign has so far raised about half of the £7,500 cost of the project.

Mr Kennedy, the former Lib Dem leader who died of a drink-related haemorrhage at the age of 55, was a lifelong member of St John’s Church in Caol, Lochaber.

His parents, Ian and Mary, provided the music for the church vigil mass for more than 40 years.

Father Roddy McAuley, the parish priest, said: “People are being very kind and very generous.

“Money has come in from Lochaber and all over the UK. I even had one donation from Canada.

“We are hoping to hold the unveiling service on the anniversary of Charles’ death.”

This would be on Wednesday, 1 June, the first anniversary of when the politician died.

Artisan Stained Glass of Perth have worked with a team from the parish to come up with a design.

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Father McAuley said: “The central image is a golden eagle, which is the symbol of John the Evandelist, catching a salmon.

“The background includes Ben Nevis, the sun, a musical notation of the Camerons’ March, which was one of Charles’ favourite songs, a treble clef representing his parents, with a border of violets and bull rushes representing humility, as Charles was a very humble man.

“The design also contains his date of birth and the day he died..”

He added: “The stained glass window will give glory to God and be a fitting memorial for Charles and his parents.”

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