Tributes to Eilidh
Eilidh MacLeod’s parents offer a moving statement
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.