Pipes for homeless Scot dead in France

20th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

LYON, France, Nov 19 (AFP) - A kilt-wearing Scotsman played traditional melodies on bagpipes Wednesday at the spot where a homeless fellow countryman died on a street in the French city of Lyon.

LYON, France, Nov 19 (AFP) - A kilt-wearing Scotsman played traditional melodies on bagpipes Wednesday at the spot where a homeless fellow countryman died on a street in the French city of Lyon.

"When I learned of my compatriot's death on French television, I came right away," Max Maine, 42, told AFP, adding that he is currently travelling in France. "It's wrong for a Scotsman to pass without the sound of a bagpipe."

Maine, dressed in traditional Scottish garb, played three tunes before an audience of about a dozen people in the east-central city.

The 40-year-old homeless man died from a heart attack while sleeping out on the street on November 8.

Other homeless people placed wreaths at the spot where his body was found and asked passersby to help finance the repatriation of his remains, which was ultimately organized by the family of the deceased once they received word.

The man, from Morayshire, Scotland, had been begging since 1977, according to one of his street friends, Jacob Aiour.

"We are hoping to go to the grave between December 10 and 13," Aiour said.

© AFP

Subject: French news


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