On Saturday 21 September a celebration of the life of Iain Brown, Director of Sport, was held in the George Watson's College Assembly Hall, following Iain's untimely death on 7 September. The hall was full of pupils, staff, parents, former pupils and former staff, together with representatives of many Scottish schools and the wider sporting community of Scotland, all coming together to remember a self-effacing yet great schoolmaster and a good friend to everyone.
The celebration began with the George Watson's College Pipes and Drums playing Highland Cathedral, a favourite of Iain's, after which Gareth Edwards, the Principal, welcomed everyone on behalf of Shona, Laura and Lisa Brown, and Iain's brother and sister, Kenny and Morag and both families.
Gareth Edwards read the poem 'Feel no guilt in laughter, he'd know how much you care', chosen by the family, after which Kenny Brown gave a moving tribute on behalf of the family. All were then invited to stand to sing the School Hymn, 'God of our Youth, Creator, Friend, Accept the praise we bring today'.
Iain Brown devoted all 33 years of his career to Watson's and Gareth Edwards spoke about how Iain had enriched the lives of countless pupils and colleagues, leading by gentlemanly example.
Following a montage of photographs and video clips recalling the life and the character of Iain, accompanied by Bruce Springsteen, the Chamber Choir sang A Scottish Farewell.
To conclude the tributes, Roy Mack, close friend and colleague of Iain, spoke with enormous affection and humour about his friend, bringing out the warmth and strength of a much-loved and respected man.
Finally, in honour of a proud Scot, with the accompaniment of the pipes and drums, everyone stood to sing Flower of Scotland.
Later this afternoon, the Watsonian Football Club 1st and 2nd XV matches against Dundee HSFP will be preceded by a minute's silence, and a tribute to Iain is included in the match-day programme.
The Brown family is very appreciative of all those who were able to attend today. They also know that so many would have come along if they had been able and they hope that this report will at least allow those friends and supporters to know how Iain's life was celebrated.