Doddie Weir’s wife has expressed her gratitude for the ‘overwhelming’ support her family has received ahead of the former Scotland international and charity fundraiser’s memorial service.
Hundreds of people from the world of rugby union and beyond have gathered at Melrose Parish Church, which overlooks the Borders town’s rugby club, where Weir won three Scottish titles in the early 1990s.
In a statement, Kathy Weir said: ‘We would like to thank everyone who has been so incredibly supportive over the last two weeks.
Mourners have gathered for the memorial service of Scotland rugby icon Doddie Weir (above)
Doddie Weir’s wife Kathy and their sons Hamish (left), Angus (centre) and Ben leaving Melrose Parish Church after the memorial service
Husband and wife Kenny and Gabby Logan pitched up wearing their traditional tartan scarves
‘As a family, we have been overwhelmed by the many messages we have received from all over the world. They have brought great comfort to me and the boys.
‘We really appreciate people taking the time to share their own memories of Doddie and let us know we are in their thoughts. The Memorial Service will give those attending a chance to pay their respects and come together in Doddie’s name.
‘We understand not everyone will be able to make it, particularly given the time of year, but we know you’re all thinking of us.’
The eulogy was delivered by Weir’s former Melrose and Scotland team-mate Carl Hogg while another international colleague, John Jeffrey, also spoke at the service.
Former rugby union player Bill Beaumont (centre) wearing a tartan scarf at Melrose Parish Church before the memorial service
Jill Douglas with an umbrella and tartan scarf during a Doddie Weir Memorial service at Melrose Parish Church
Former players like Martin Johnson (left) and Phil Vickery (right) turned up in Melrose, Scotland
Former rugby union player Rob Wainwright at Melrose Parish Church before a memorial service for Doddie Weir
Former rugby union player Gary Armstrong (centre) at Melrose Parish Church before a memorial service for Doddie Weir
Gabby Logan (right) with family Reuben McKerrow Logan (left) and Lois Maya Logan at Melrose Parish Church before the service
Scotland coach Gregor Townsend attended one month after Weir passed away due to MND
Dougie Vipond wearing a tartan scarf at Melrose Parish Church before a memorial service
Crowds in the stands at Melrose RFC during a memorial service for Doddie Weir in Melrose, Scotland
Former rugby union player John Jeffrey (left) with Dominic McKay, both wearing tartan pieces
Former rugby union player Rory Lawson before attending the memorial service
Kenny Logan and Gabby Logan (right) with family, son Reuben McKerrow Logan (left) and daughter Lois Maya Logan leaving Melrose Parish Church after the memorial service
A poem was read by Weir’s three sons, Hamish, Angus and Ben. It was entitled Requiem for Doddie (The Mad Giraffe) and written by Timmy Douglas.
Former Scotland players including Rob Wainwright, Gavin Hastings, Kenny Logan and Kelly Brown were among those arriving ahead of the 1pm service.
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend and predecessors including Sir Ian McGeechan and Frank Hadden were also present. Former England internationals Bill Beaumont, Martin Johnson and Rob Andrew also attended.
Logan’s wife, TV presenter Gabby Logan arrived early, while multiple Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Sir Chris Hoy was also present.
Former rugby union player Kevin McKenzie with other attendees before the service in Melrose, Scotland
Former rugby union player Gavin Hastings (left) was among those arriving for the service
Former rugby union player Kelly Brown (centre) at Melrose Parish Church before the service
Doddie Weir’s wife Kathy and their son Angus leaving Melrose Parish Church after the memorial service
A person holds an order of service outside Melrose Parish Church ahead of Doddie Weir’s memorial service
Pictured: Former British and Irish Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan conversing with the Logans
Sir Chris Hoy arrives at Melrose Parish Church for Doddie Weir’s memorial service
The Oor Doddie statue at Melrose RFC during a memorial service, with tartan-wearing attendees in the background
Scotland’s current rugby union captain Jamie Ritchie (right) stands with Hamish Watson (left)
Weir died aged 52 last month following a six-year battle with motor neurone disease (MND).
The 6ft 6ins former farmer, who played for Newcastle and Borders Reivers after turning professional, helped raise more than £8million for research into MND through his charity, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.
Attendees were asked to wear Tartan in tribute to Weir, who helped design his own pattern for his charity.
An array of colours were on show with mourners wearing the likes of Tartan scarves, shawls, trousers, kilts and suits.
Doddie Weir’s sons Ben Weir (left) and Hamish Weir with Gary Armstrong (right) at Melrose Parish Church
Gabby Logan holding a tartan umbrella, pictured with son Reuben McKerrow Logan at Melrose Parish Church before a memorial service
Scotland rugby head coach Gregor Townsend (behind Duke of Buccleuch) at Melrose Parish Church
Former rugby union player Scott Hastings (centre) surrounded by other attendees wearing tartan pieces
Guests outside Melrose Parish Church before a memorial service for Doddie Weir in Melrose, Scotland
Former rugby union player Gavin Hastings (left) wearing traditional tartan trousers
Former rugby union player and coach Alan Tait
Former rugby union player and coach Sean Lineen before the service