Vow over nam­ing of plane af­ter tragic edie

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

The name of a tragic Fife tod­dler will fly high again af­ter a hol­i­day firm pledged to brand a sec­ond air­craft for her.

Edie Mur­phy’s fam­ily were heart­bro­ken to dis­cover the jet called Edie in her hon­our had been re­named Pearl.

TUI UK has since apol­o­gised and an­nounced it in­tends to name a new Boe­ing 787-9 af­ter the two-year-old.

Edie, who lived in Kirk­caldy, died in Oc­to­ber 2015 af­ter fall­ing ill and suf­fer­ing con­vul­sions. It later tran­spired she had a rare form of epilepsy, un­de­tectable un­til a seizure oc­curred.

Shortly af­ter­wards, the Fly High Edie cam­paign was launched by a fam­ily friend and went vi­ral, win­ning a pub­lic vote to name a Dream­liner. Edie’s par­ents Ch­eryl and Tom, who now live in Leeds, watched as the plane took off on its maiden flight from Manch­ester Air­port two years ago.

Ch­eryl said: “I was heart­bro­ken when I found out the plane had been re­named. When it was looked into prop­erly by a friend she found out it had been trans­ferred to TUI Bel­gium and re­named.

“The plane is such a huge part of Edie’s legacy and that be­ing taken away with no warn­ing was re­ally up­set­ting.

“We know the plane can’t fly for­ever but we had thought it would be longer than two years.

“We are so happy and grate­ful that TUI will name another plane Edie.”

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