Tributes to Eilidh

Eilidh MacLeod’s par­ents of­fer a mov­ing state­ment

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

BARRA has ral­lied to sup­port the fam­i­lies and friends of the two is­land girls caught in the dev­as­tat­ing events in Manch­ester last week.

‘EILIDH MACLEOD was our beau­ti­ful, in­tel­li­gent, pop­u­lar and tal­ented daugh­ter as well as a lov­ing sis­ter and we are at a loss with­out her.

‘Eilidh loved noth­ing more than spend­ing time with those she loved, both fam­ily and friends alike. She loved so­cial­is­ing whether through so­cial me­dia or spend­ing time with them down on the beaches of both Barra and Vater­say.

‘Her love of mu­sic was un­sur­passed and she en­joyed her time play­ing, trav­el­ling and com­pet­ing in the pipe bands im­mensely.

‘We would like to thank the emer­gency ser­vices who did ev­ery­thing in their power to help fol­low­ing the ex­plo­sion. Sin­cere thanks also go to all who have sup­ported us through this ter­ri­ble time, in­clud­ing the peo­ple of Manch­ester, Scot­land and well-wish­ers world­wide.

‘Spe­cific thanks to all those in our Western Isles com­mu­ni­ties and, in par­tic­u­lar, our home is­lands of Barra and Vater­say, for ev­ery­thing they have done and con­tinue to do for us.

‘Mes­sages and tributes to our Eilidh by her friends have given us great com­fort and we wish to thank you all. The of­fers of help and sup­port have been truly over­whelm­ing and greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

‘Eilidh and Laura were so ex­cited about go­ing to the con­cert to­gether but what should have been the per­fect end­ing to a fan­tas­tic trip ended so trag­i­cally.

‘We con­tinue to have Laura and her fam­ily in our thoughts and pray that she makes a full re­cov­ery. As a fam­ily, we would also like to of­fer our sup­port and con­do­lences to all the other in­no­cent vic­tims who have been need­lessly killed in this at­tack.’ Laura MacIn­tyre’s par­ents said in a state­ment last week: ‘Our daugh­ter Laura is a funny and witty young girl who excels at ev­ery­thing she does.

‘She and Eilidh were so look­ing for­ward to the con­cert but that night has now ended in tragedy.

‘Eilidh has lost her life and Laura is in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

‘Our hearts and minds have been with Eilidh’s fam­ily since we heard their news.

‘We want to thank ev­ery­body for their sup­port, in­clud­ing the emer­gency ser­vices for all they have done and con­tinue to do.

‘We know Laura is in the best pos­si­ble place and re­ceiv­ing the best care she can. She is strong­willed and a fighter.’

Head teacher of Castle­bay Com­mu­nity School An­nag Ma- clean said: ‘Trag­i­cally, Eilidh’s life has been cut short and our worst fears have been re­alised.

‘How­ever, Eilidh, what she did and what she was, will re­main with each of us who knew her so well.

‘We are in shock, numb and strug­gling to come to terms with the deep sad­ness through­out our com­mu­nity.

‘Laura is in our thoughts and prayers. We hope she will re­turn to us soon.’

Eilidh MacLeod trag­i­cally lost her life in the atroc­ity last Mon­day (May 22).

Laura MacIn­tyre sur­vived the Manch­ester bomb­ing but is se­ri­ously ill in hos­pi­tal.

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