Emma’s night at the hospital
On the night of the disaster Emma Harper was a nurse at Dumfries Infirmary waiting to help casualties.
The south of Scotland MSP told Holyrood that she has found herself reflecting on recollections from that night – her own and that of her dairy farmer dad.
Emma said:“My dad said that he was ‘checking a coo oot in the front field’that was about to have a calf when he heard a boom or a low sound that he described as‘mebbes an explosion’.
“Our family home is quite a few miles – almost eight miles –from the Tundergarth site and Lockerbie, but could my dad have actually heard the bomb go off from eight miles away?”
She revealed that she was off duty as a nurse at the hospital but got a call just after 7.30pm from the operating theatre manager.
The MSP was told:“We don’t know what’s going on yet but it may be a plane crash – it may be military.”
She helped set up the operating rooms and was told to prepare for and expect many trauma patients and cases.
“We got the rooms ready and waited and waited, but the trauma patients did not come,”she said.“Hundreds were dead – later, we heard that 270 people lost their lives.
“The fantastic motto of the scholarship remembrance programme is‘Look back and act forward’and members have mentioned the town’s motto, Forward Lockerbie.
“Those are apt terms for us to think about after 30 years.”