Memorial for Wickerman’s Jamie

A memorial is to be held for Wickerman Festival director Jamie Gilroy who died from a gunshot injury the week before Christmas.

A private funeral was held for Mr Gilroy on Hogmanay for close friends and family.

But, recognising Mr Gilroy’s popularity both locally and among those involved with the annual music festival, family and festival organisers have arranged a memorial to the Dundrennan farmer for the end of the month.

Praising fans for their tributes toMr Gilroy, a festival spokesperson said on the event’s Facebook page this week: “We would like to say a massive thank you for all your lovely posts and messages following the sudden loss of our founder, Jamie Gilroy in December.

“Jamie was a kind, caring and gentle man who will be dearly missed. We hope you understand our lack of activity on our Facebook page recently, and plan on bringing you news from The Wickerman Festival shorty.

“A memorial will be held for Jamie on the 31st January at Kirkcudbright Parish Church. Should you somehow have been involved with The Wickerman or the farm and have met Jamie along the way and would like to attend then please contact us for more details.”

Mr Gilroy was discovered on the family farm, East Kirkcarswell near Dundrennan on 18 December with gunshout wounds. He was rushed to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary but sadly died from his injuries the following day. Police and CID teams were called to the scene but the force later said they weren’t looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Mr Gilroy, along with Newton Stewart’s Sid Ambrose, initiated the birth of the festival in 2001. Since then, it has seen an average of 17,000 fans each year attend on Mr Gilroy’s land at East Kirkcarswell. In 2013, the festival was a sell-out with around 20,000 people on-site.

Fans on Facebook said this week they’d like to see this year’s festival dedicated to Mr Gilroy.

For information on the memorial, message festival organisers via https://www.facebook.com/wickermanfestival