FAMILY and friends gathered to bid their final farewell to former councillor and Boys Brigade stalwart Maxie Hill on Friday.

Mourners lined up outside Greenock Crematorium, as a BB guard of honour from 1st Port Glasgow Company, past and present, and members of Port Glasgow Old Boys Union, flanked the funeral cortege as a piper played Flowers of the Forest.

Current councillors and others who served with Maxie also turned out to pay their respects.

Maxie passed away on Boxing Day, aged 81, and leaves his wife Ellen, three children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The popular Portonian was elected twice to represent his community, first as a Liberal councillor in 1977 when he served for 11 years.

He was re-elected in September 2001 following a by-election, and when the LibDems gained control of the council in 2003 he served as Depute Provost and depute council leader until he retired in 2007.

Maxie was also an inspiration to generations of young people through his long-service with the BB.

He was Captain of 1st Port Glasgow Company Boys’ Brigade from 1965 until 1978 and then again from 1995-2000.