TRIBUTES have been paid following the death of a former Dundonald doctor.

David Watts was a popular face throughout the village and as well as his role as a local GP he also had an impact socially on Dundonald - an influence which will remain following his passing.

When he was not looking after locals, David was often seen in and around the area spending time with his family and friends.

He will also remembered fondly by many as the chairman of Dundonald Gala Day. The event was a forerunner to, and had a significant influence during the establishment of, the current Dundonald Highland Games.

The first games, or 'Dundonald Pipes and Drums' as it was called at the time, took place in 1990.

Prior to this, the annual village celebration took the form of a festival week and gala day which first started during the 1970s.

The gala day was the brainchild of Dr Watts, and he chaired the committee that organised it.

It had many attributes that are continued through the current games including community fundraising stalls and the crowning of the Queen who is still chosen from the local primary seven year girls.

David's family have also played a major role in the village, and in 1996 his wife, Anne, was appointed chieftain of Dundonald Highland Games.

She has continued to participate in the Games parades up to the present day, alongside other past chieftains.

David would always accompanying her on the field thereafter to enjoy the activities and hospitality, catching up with friends past and present.

The current games organisers paid tribute as they announced the death of the popular figure earlier this month.

They said: "We are deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of David Watts.

"We mourn the loss of a valued member of our community, and would like to convey our condolences to his family at this sad time. Rest in peace."

Dozens of locals also moved quickly to pay tribute to Dr Watts who was described as an "amazing doctor" and "perfect gentleman".