Tributes have been paid to a Dundee bowling “legend” following his death from cancer aged just 54.
Kevin Brunton, from Mid Craigie, played bowls locally and nationally for almost 40 years.
The former Morgan Academy pupil racked up a number of honours in both indoor and outdoor competitions over the years.
After losing his battle with oesophageal cancer, Kevin’s brother Calum, 57, led the tributes.
He said: “Kevin won numerous titles, both indoor and outdoor.
“He was a Dundee bowling legend. People from all over Scotland will be coming to celebrate his life.”
Kevin started his playing career at Baxter Park Bowling Club at the age of 18 in 1982.
His dad got him interested in the sport before he passed the bowling genes on to his own son, Kev.
During his career, Kevin represented the Craigie and Baxter Park clubs as well as Dundee Indoor Bowling Club, playing all over the country.
Calum played alongside his brother on a number of occasions.
He revealed Kevin had a trial for Scotland at outdoor bowls during his time on the rink.
Calum said: “Kevin took to the sport really quickly – he was much more of a natural than I ever was.
“Kevin would regularly qualify for national tournaments across the country.
“He played for Baxter Park until 1995 before he focused more on indoor bowling.”
Kevin went on to become a four-time winner of the indoor bowling league singles title.
Calum added: “He was a member of the indoor bowling club for well over 30 years.
“He won the Scottish indoor pairs with his son Kev.
“Kevin had played a big part in getting his son involved in the sport. I played alongside him myself a few times, both indoor and outdoor.
“Probably one of the happiest moments of our time together was when we won the Fairfield Fours back in 2000.”
Kevin joined Craigie Bowling Club in 2011, which led to one of the highlights of his lawn bowls career.
Calum said: “I know one of his proudest moments was when he won the Craigie singles championship a few years back.”
Kevin had complained about a sore throat in September last year at the end of the outdoor season while playing at Craigie.
Despite his cancer diagnosis in December, he continued to play at the Dundee Indoor Bowling Club on Main Street.
Calum said: “Kevin knew something wasn’t right because he was finding it hard to swallow.
“He had a scope in November and a couple of weeks after that he had a CT scan.
“In December it was confirmed it was a cancer.
“The cancer overwhelmed him because it had spread.
“I don’t think any of us were expecting that news.”
Calum revealed that Kevin never let the diagnosis get him down.
He said: “I think when he was feeling poorly he never thought it was going to be cancer.
“He initially thought he maybe had an ulcer in his stomach.
“When it was officially diagnosed, he just got on with it.
“We lost our sister to cancer a few years back and he didn’t want to go through what she went through.”
He added: “Mourners are invited to attend Kevin’s funeral at Dundee Crematorium on January 29 at 12.30pm.”
Oesophageal cancer cases diagnosed later in Scotland
One in 50 UK males will be diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in their life time.
Previously quite rare, oesophageal cancer is now thought to be the 14th most common cancer in adults in the UK, with almost 9,000 people diagnosed each year.
Oesophageal cancer doesn’t usually have any symptoms at first. As the cancer grows, it can cause swallowing problems and other symptoms.
Other health issues include problems with chest pain and weight loss.
Figures compiled by Cancer Research UK revealed that about seven in 10 oesophageal cancer cases are diagnosed at a later stage in Scotland.
Since the early 1990s, oesophageal cancer incidences have increased by 5% in the UK.
It is estimated that eight in 10 cases of oesophageal cancer develop in people aged 60 or older.
Patients can get a number of treatments, including surgery, to treat the disease.
Victoria Steven, Cancer Research UK’s spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “We’re very sorry to hear of Kevin’s death and our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends.
“There’s still a lot to do for cancers that are hard to treat, including oesophageal cancer and brain tumours, which haven’t seen much improvement in the number of patients surviving over the last 10 years.
“Cancer Research UK’s priority is to boost funding for research into these cancer types and we hope that the levels of innovation and progress we’re seeing in the lab will translate into new ways to tackle the disease.”