RALLY TRAGEDY: Tributes paid to victims

Iain Provan and Len Stern
Iain Provan and Len Stern

Tributes have been paid to three rally fans who died when a car spun off course and ploughed into the crowd at the Jim Clark Rally.

Iain Provan, Elizabeth Allan and Len Stern were killed in what was the second of two incidents during the Borders event on Saturday afternoon.

Two other injured men, both 61, are still in hospital - one in a stable condition and one in a critical but stable condition in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

►Anyone wishing to leave a floral tribute should do so at the Village Green in Swinton, where an area has been set aside.

The fatal accident took place at about 4pm on Saturday on Swinton House Road at Little Swinton, a mile north of Coldstream Coldstream.

Mr Provan, 64, and his partner Ms Allan, 63, had travelled to the event from Barrhead, near Glasgow, while 71-year-old Mr Stern had made a similar journey from Bearsden, also near Glasgow.

Mr Provan founded the Motorsport Scotland website which was designed “to bring together car and motor sport enthusiasts from Scotland”.

A picture posted on social media shows the 64-year-old with a camera taking notes on the first day of the three-day rally.

Photographer Stephen Tait wrote on Facebook: “I met Iain at last year’s Jim Clark, lovely man, and this year I have had the pleasure of covering some events for him.

“Will miss chatting with him and working for him. My condolences go out to his family and friends and also the others, Elizabeth and Len, who were involved in this.”

Chris Collie also posted: “A very nice man that I met and spoke to only a few times but his passion for rallying was in no doubt. Always looking to speak with me and find out my rally plans.

“RIP Iain, Elizabeth and John. Thoughts are with your families.”

Famous names from the world of motor sport have also expressed their sadness at the deaths.

Former Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button posted on Twitter: “Terribly sad news from the Jim Clark rally, my thoughts are with those involved and the families that have lost loved ones.”

Flowers have been left near the crash site with one bouquet carrying a card reading: “The sport that we all love is very cruel at times.

“Deepest sympathy for all concerned. With love, car 180.”

Investigations into the deaths are continuing today, with Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and the top prosecutor, Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland, to receive a briefing from police later.

The crashed car was removed from the scene by officers yesterday as forensic specialists worked in the area. Private ambulances also left the area as the bodies were recovered.