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Former Scottish journalist dies aged 57

A former Scottish regional press journalist has died aged 57 after an illness.

Rodney Duncan worked for the Northern Times, in Golspie near his hometown of Tain, and then the Greenock Telegraph before joining Glasgow daily the Evening Times in the early 1970s.

He specialised in reporting the city’s growing entertainment scene and was also heavily involved with the title’s Lifeline charity campaign.

Rodney also contributed to the Mr Glasgow diary and gossip column during his two decades with the title.

Among the big stories he covered was the break-out from Carstairs Hospital by serial killers Robert Mone and Thomas McCulloch in 1976.

Rodney left the Newsquest daily in the early 1990s to return to his hometown of Tain, north-east Scotland, to care for his elderly parents.

He was married twice and is survived by his son, partner and three siblings. His funeral took place yesterday in Tain.