LOMOND School has paid tribute to its founding principal, David Arthur MBE, after his passing during the Christmas holiday.

Mr Arthur, who was the first principal of the school from 1977 until 1986, died on Friday, December 28 after a short illness.

Lomond School announced their sadness at the news in a social media post on Monday.

A statement on their website added: "Mr Arthur will always have a hugely important place in the hearts of the Lomond School family.

"He remained a strong supporter of the school in his retirement and was a frequent and welcome guest at school functions including prizegivings and carol services.

"We were delighted to welcome him as recently as June 2018 as a guest of honour to the school’s 40th anniversary ball.

"His passing will have a strong resonance for those who were pupils at Lomond in the early days and of course for the wider Helensburgh community.

"We wish to extend our condolences to Mr Arthur’s whole family circle."

A private family cremation will take place on Saturday, January 12 followed by a service and celebration of Mr Arthur’s life in Helensburgh Parish Church at 10.30am. The school will host the reception following the service.