MEMBERS of the public have the chance to pay their respects to Ross High Rugby Club president John Tinlin as he is laid to rest on Saturday.

The 57-year-old passed away last Sunday (November 13) after being diagnosed with tonsil cancer in June last year.

Tributes were paid to John by groups and individuals from all over the county and beyond following his passing.

John’s son Chris, 34, said that the messages he had received from the public following John's death have been “overwhelming”.

Chris said: “The support from the community has been overwhelming all the messages have been lovely to see.

“I only wish I could have replied to them all but there were just too many. But we’re incredibly grateful and overwhelmed by the support.

“My dad was always down for a laugh, and he was great with his grandkids too.

“It’s been great to see how loved he was in the community too.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the time I got to spend with him and we’re all going to miss him.”

John’s funeral service will be held at Ross High Rugby Club at 10.30am on Saturday and it is hoped it will take place on the pitch, but Chris said this will be weather dependent.

He said: “We will make a decision probably late on Friday. I certainly know my dad wouldn’t want us ruining the pitch at the club so we’ll have to wait and see.”

After the service, Mr Tinlin will be taken to Tranent Cemetery where he will be laid to rest at 11.45am.

Members of the public are welcome.

The road from High Street to Tranent Cemetery will be briefly closed to allow Mr Tinlin to be transported to the cemetery, said his son.

Chris added: “It’s a big cemetery so we hope to see a big turnout from the public. As I’ve said, the support from people has been overwhelming so I expect it will be the same on Saturday.”

Following Mr Tinlin being laid to rest at the cemetery, a wake will be held at the rugby club where numbers will be limited.