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Orkney Broadcaster, Dave Gray, Dies at 63

  • Submitted by: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats.
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 28 February 2024
  • Motion reference: S6M-12308

That the Parliament pays tribute to Orkney broadcaster, Dave Gray, who died on 21 February 2024 following a short illness; understands that Dave worked at BBC Radio Orkney for over 30 years until his retirement in 2021, having run the station since 2008; further understands that Dave’s introduction to broadcasting came after he asked the station to play more heavy metal, and was given his own slot, "Metallic Gray"; understands that Dave quickly took to all aspects of broadcasting and became a full-time journalist and producer; considers that Dave was a warm, witty and irreverent broadcaster whose talents made him the voice of Radio Orkney for many years; recognises that his former colleagues have referred to his "legendary" interview technique, his humour and his great love of his native islands; notes the tributes that have been paid to Dave from across Orkney and well beyond; sends its condolences to his family, notably his four children, and salutes the contribution made by a man who has been described as "uncompromisingly Orcadian".

Supported by: Karen Adam, Clare Adamson, Jeremy Balfour, Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Ariane Burgess, Alexander Burnett, Stephanie Callaghan, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Bob Doris, Sharon Dowey, Jackie Dunbar, Annabelle Ewing, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Bill Kidd, Douglas Lumsden, Stuart McMillan, Edward Mountain, Audrey Nicoll, Douglas Ross, Kevin Stewart, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Tess White, Elena Whitham, Beatrice Wishart