Local News for Thursday 25th May 2017
Eilidh Macleod – tragedy for island family
Fourteen-year-old Barra schoolgirls Eilidh Macleod has been named as one of the 22 victims of Monday’s terrorist attack in Manchester. Her friend Laura Macintyre remains seriously ill in a Manchester hospital. Eilidh’s death was confirmed by her family in a statement released this morning. They said: "Our family is devastated and words cannot express how we feel at losing our darling Eilidh. Eilidh was vivacious and full of fun. She loved all music - whether it was listening to Ariana or playing the bagpipes with her pipe band. As a family we would like to express our thanks and gratitude for the support and kind messages we have received at this difficult time."
Family friend and neighbour Angus MacNeil, who has been supporting both families as they awaited news of the girls, said: "We are all simply heartbroken and thankful for kind thoughts of so many others round about us across the islands and beyond"
Read more: Local News for Thursday 25th May 2017
Local News for Wednesday 24th May 2017
Eilidh still missing in Manchester
Members of the family of 14-year-old Eilidh Macleod are still anxiously awaiting news, as the Barra teenager remains unaccounted for in Manchester following Monday night’s bomb blast. Eilidh’s friend, 15-year-old Laura Macintyre, is seriously ill in hospital in Manchester, with parents Nan and Micheal and older brother Niall at her bedside. Both girls are pupils of Castlebay School, and were at the concert in the Manchester Arena where a suicide bomber detonated an improvised device, killing 22 people. Searching for Laura are her grandparents, Roddy and Marion and aunt Margaret MacNeil, who yesterday appealed for help on social media to track down the two girls. Her post has been shared over 120,000 times.
Isle of Barra neighbour and parliamentary candidate Angus MacNeil has been acting as a media spokesman for the families. He told Isles FM this morning: “We are very worried for both the girls and saddened that something like this could have happened during what should have been a happy occasion. Everyone on the island is numb, shocked and saddened and there is a feeling of deep sorrow and sympathy for the families, as well as anxiety to know how the girls are.”
Read more: Local News for Wednesday 24th May 2017