Mourners from the world of boxing gathered for a memorial service for trailblazing Scottish boxing great Ken Buchanan.

The service was held on Tuesday at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, the home city of the former undisputed world lightweight champion, who died earlier this month aged 77.

Barry McGuigan, Steve Bunce, Alex Arthur, Jim Watt and Tommy Gilmour were among those in attendance.

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The Herald: A pair of white boxing gloves rest on the coffin of former boxer Ken BuchananA pair of white boxing gloves rest on the coffin of former boxer Ken Buchanan (Image: PA)

The funeral procession began in Leith and meandered its way past the former site of Sparta Boxing Club and the Ken Buchanan Statue on its way to St Giles’ Cathedral.

The Herald: Pipers in front of the hearsePipers in front of the hearse (Image: PA)

Jim Watt was among the boxing personalities who turned out on a bright but cold day in Scotland’s capital to pay their respects to Buchanan.

The Herald: Jim Watt at the funeralJim Watt at the funeral (Image: PA)

Speeches of around five minutes each were read by Watt and others, with the audio of the service played outside the cathedral via speakers for the benefit of additional mourners and dozens of curious tourists.

The Herald: Mourners outside St Giles’ CathedralMourners outside St Giles’ Cathedral (Image: PA)

Watt, three years younger than Buchanan, told those in attendance how they went from being “bitter rivals” to “best of pals” as they got to know each other following their gruelling 15-round showdown which the elder of the two boxers won by a decision in 1973.

The Herald: Ken Buchanan in training Ken Buchanan in training (Image: free)

World super-lightweight champion Josh Taylor – another Edinburgh fighter inspired by Buchanan – was unable to be in attendance as he is preparing for his title fight against Teofimo Lopez in New York in June.

“He’s not just a legend in boxing, but also in public, the fact he has a statue says everything,” 44-year-old Arthur told the PA news agency after leaving the service.

The Herald: The funeral service at St Giles' CathedralThe funeral service at St Giles' Cathedral (Image: PA)