Local Newspaper Legend, Bremner, Dies

A local newspaper journalist whose loyalty to his community resulted in a street being named after him, has died at the age of 78.

Harry Bremner spent his entire 49-year career with the Northern Scot in Elgin until he retired 14 years ago.

With legendary shorthand skills – no doubt forged when he spent most of his two years’ National Service as a courts martial stenographer at the War Office in London – Bremner became chief reporter at the paper while still in his 20s and ended his career as the newspaper’s sports editor and local government correspondent.

Says Raymond Shewan, PR co-ordinator at Moray Council: “On countless occasions he resisted the lure of daily journalism, remaining loyal to his home patch and the newspaper with which he had become synonymous.”

He continued: “Harry was born and spent all his life in the Bishopmill area of Elgin and was fiercely proud of the fact. In recognition of his standing in the Bishopmill community, a local residential street – Bremner Drive – was named after him to coincide with his retirement.”

Harry is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son and seven grandchildren.