Belfast Telegraph

Bus crash Rangers fan Ryan Baird laid to rest

By Chris McCullough

Around 400 mourners attended the funeral of Ryan Baird on Saturday.

He was buried after a service at Magheramorne in Co Antrim.

Ryan was tragically killed when the coach he and 36 other Rangers fans were travelling in overturned in East Ayrshire on October 1.

Originally from Larne, he had moved to Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway around six years ago, and was engaged to be married next August to his fiancee, Sarah Hughes. He was father to twins Dean and Kyle and a son of Alex and Maree Baird.

Ryan was a member of Larne Rangers Supporters' Club and played in both Cairncastle Flute Band and Carnlough Flute Band.

A service attended by around 500 was held on Thursday in Sanquhar, where some personnel from Rangers Football Club formed a guard of honour. Ryan's family said his funeral was to be an Orange ceremony in celebration of his life.

They requested that Orange regalia was worn and also said mourners could wear football scarves as well.

There was a church service in Magheramorne Presbyterian Church at 12pm followed by interment at Ballycarry New Cemetery and refreshments in Ballycarry Presbyterian Church Hall.

Rangers will hold a tribute to Ryan during their match against St Johnstone on October 26, when a minute's applause will be held in the 39th minute of the game.

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