This is the first picture of a grandfather who died after falling from the top of a 20ft town centre Christmas tree.
Tree surgeon James Ogilvie, who was in his 50s, was found fatally injured by revellers leaving a nightclub at the foot of the tree in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, in the early hours of yesterday.
Tragically he died on the day daughter Amber Mitchell, 23, was due to give birth to her third child.
Hours before he died, the Daily Record reports, James wrote on Facebook: “Looks like I’m going to be a grandad in the next 24 hours x.”
James fell as Amber, who has two boys aged three and two, prepared to go into hospital to have her baby.
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Shortly after being given the news of his death, she posted two pictures of him online and wrote: “RIP dad.”
When a friend asked her what had happened, she replied that James had died in an accident. She was unavailable yesterday at her flat in Cupar, Fife, the town where James also lived.
Nightclub owner Mario Caira, who runs Kitty’s in Kirkcaldy, witnessed James’s fall and tried to help him as he lay on a patch of grass.
He said: “He’d climbed the tree. He was up in the tree, holding on to the top.
“When he fell, I thought he was actually winded. I went over to check on the guy and when he wasn’t coming round I phoned an ambulance.
“It’s just a tragedy. Any time of year is bad, but this time of year is worse – and falling from a Christmas tree is probably even worse.”
Mario said James had not been in Kitty’s before he fell and appeared to have been on his own. He believes he was tragically unlucky to lose his life.
He said: “I’m not medically trained in terms of what happened when he fell, but I reckon you could do that thousands of times and you would walk away.”
It was a busy night for revellers in Kirkcaldy. A local resident who stopped at the scene said: “There were a lot of work parties out. It was really lively.”
A police scenes of crime officer took photos yesterday and council safety officers inspected the area.
The tree, next to Fife Council’s offices, was tilted slightly to one side, and the top three feet had broken off and was on the ground.
The tree’s lights were in a tangled mess about half-way up, with some dangling to the ground.
Police cordoned off the scene with tape, and workers at the council offices arrived for their shifts to find uniformed officers on guard.
Councillor Neil Crooks, convener of the Kirkcaldy area committee, told the Daily Record at the scene: “Any death is tragic but it is multiplied 10-fold at this time of year.
“The Christmas tree is put up every year. It is a very welcome sight in the square and this is the first incident I am aware of involving it. The thoughts and deepest sympathies of everyone at the council goes out to this man and his family.”
A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 2.53am to attend a patient in Hunter Street, Kirkcaldy.
"We dispatched two ambulance crews to the scene and a male patient in his 50s was taken to Kirkcaldy Hospital.”
Police said: “Police were called to a report of an unresponsive man in the Hunter Street area at around 2.55am.
“The man was treated at the scene then conveyed to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, where he later sadly passed away.
“The death is being treated as non-suspicious and inquiries are ongoing. A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal”.
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