Tributes paid to Mid Ar­gyll teen

The Oban Times - - FRONT PAGE -

TRIBUTES have been pour­ing out for a ‘po­lite and hard­work­ing’ young man who died at the T in the Park mu­sic fes­ti­val in Perthshire on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Peter Mac­Cal­lum, 17, was go­ing into sixth year at Lochgilp­head High School and was known for his love of ar­chi­tec­ture and his fine Gaelic singing voice.

To his fel­low pupils he was kind and cour­te­ous and was known for ‘just get­ting on’ with his school work.

To his Gaelic choir mem­bers in Ar­gyll­shire male voice choir, Ceann an Turic, he made up the front row of three ‘new­bies’ who helped the choir achieve suc­cess for the first time at a Royal Na­tional Mòd in Oban last year.

Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil­lor Don­nie MacMil­lan led tributes from the town, say­ing: ‘I am re­ally sad that a young per­son has passed away.

‘I don’t know the cir­cum­stances but noth­ing will change the fact that a young per­son has lost their life.

‘My grand­daugh­ter was in Peter’s class at school, and she tells me he was well liked by all his class­mates, and got on with every­one. He was quiet and stu­dious. My thoughts are with his par­ents, his com­mu­nity of friends and all con­cerned. It is a very sad time in­deed.’

Choir con­duc­tor Joy Dun­lop said: ‘This is tragic news. It is so aw­ful. He was a lovely boy. He was very po­lite, very hard­work­ing and very kind. He made a real ef­fort to get to know every­one and be a mem­ber of our choir fam­ily.

‘He had a great young, warm, yet still de­vel­op­ing voice. He had such great po­ten­tial. He re­ally en­hanced us as a choir. It was lovely to have some­one young and en­thu­si­as­tic.

‘We are all shocked and stunned that one of our youngest choir mem­bers has died. I can’t be­lieve some­thing so ter­ri­ble has hap­pened. Our thoughts are with his fam­ily and friends.’

It is un­der­stood that Peter was us­ing his sum­mer hol­i­days to gain ex­pe­ri­ence in MacLeod Con­struc­tion’s ar­chi­tec­ture depart­ment.

A fes­ti­val-goer from County Durham also died at the event.

While the po­lice are treat­ing their deaths a sus­pi­cious, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent An­gela McLaren of Po­lice Scot­land said: ‘ We are fol­low­ing lines of in­quiry, in­clud­ing the pos­si­bil­ity they may be drug-re­lated.’

The de­tails for Peter’s funeral were not avail­able at the time of go­ing to press.

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