TV star Timmy Mallett has paid tribute to his older brother, who died in Aberdeen.
Best known for his wacky antics, Mr Mallett paid a poignant tribute to Martin, who died on Wednesday morning, aged 64.
And he revealed that a charity cycle event which he has organised from Britain to Spain will now take in an extra stage in Aberdeen.
The former children’s TV presenter, pop star and actor, who appeared in I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here in 2008, had recently made several visits to the North-east to be with Martin, who was born in 1953 with Down’s syndrome.
He spoke of how his sibling’s life had been enriched during more than 30 years at Newton Dee Village, outside Aberdeen.
And although he watched his brother gradually succumb to dementia, 62-year-old Mr Mallett said he was “eternally grateful” for the “wonderful care and attention” both at Newton Dee and Fairview House care home in Danestone, Aberdeen, where Martin spent his final few months.
Mr Mallett said: “Martin realised his potential by moving to Aberdeen back in 1981.
“Newton Dee took him to their hearts, he became a baker, he joined St Devenick’s Church in Bieldside, where he rang the bells and acted as a server, and there was this wonderful warmth between him and people in Aberdeen.
“He demonstrated that Down’s syndrome is not a curse, and he lit up so many other’s lives. He was told he would be lucky to reach his teens or his 20s. Well, 64 is still too short, but it was a life richly lived.”
The duo enjoyed a day at Pittodrie just before Christmas, watching Aberdeen take on Rangers. And they shared a few laughs together when they went shopping in January.
He added: “It was a disappointing result for the Dons [they lost 2-0], but the welcome we received from the club and the fans was terrific.
“We loved being there together and the half-time macaroni pies were fantastic.
“By the start of 2018, he really wasn’t very well, and not too many people would have been looking forward to making a trip to Tesco in the cold.
“But Martin was in his element and I can’t speak highly enough about the reception that he got wherever he went. Aberdeen and Newton Dee made him sparkle.”
Mr Mallett had been set to embark on a 1,250-mile cycling odyssey to Spain next Monday. But now he will focus on attending Martin’s funeral at St Devenick’s on Tuesday, prior to starting the six-week journey from Aberdeen along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route to raise awareness of mental health.