Family’s tribute to couple killed in island floods
A RETIRED couple who were killed in a flash flood on the tourist island of Majorca had been “looking forward to their latest adventure abroad”, their family said.
Tony and Delia Green, who were in their 70s and had been married for 55 years, died when their taxi was swept away by surging waters near the coastal resort of S’Illot on Tuesday night.
Their relatives said in a statement released through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) that the couple, who retired 14 years ago, would be ‘missed by everyone who knew them.’
The couple, originally from Atherton, spent their final years living in Moffat, in Scotland, and regularly visited the fishing town of Cala Bona on the island, having developed “a taste for travel”, the statement said.
It continued: “They were looking forward to their latest adventure abroad. The family take some solace from the knowledge that they died together.”
Mr Green was formerly a headteacher and spent some of his career in Germany, before moving to Moffat with his wife following retirement.
The couple died along with taxi driver Juan Sillero.
Authorities on the island said 12 people died after torrential rain deluged the region around the town of Sant Llorenc, about 40 miles east of the capital, Palma.
The statement, written by Delia and Tony’s children, said: “We are deeply shocked by the sudden passing of our parents Delia and Tony Green in the tragic events in Majorca. Delia and Tony were a loving, kind and caring couple. They were at their happiest when they were with their family and friends.
“Our thoughts also go out to their taxi driver and his family who are coming to terms with their loss as well,” their children said.
“They will all be missed by everyone who knew them.
“We would like to thank everyone for the love and support shown to our family as we come to terms with losing our parents.”
Mr Green, 77, and his wife, 75, were being driven to a hotel in Cala Bona when the taxi was caught in the floodwaters, Diario de Mallorca reported.
Military divers found the couple’s bodies still inside the vehicle on Wednesday, while Mr Sillero’s body was later found nearby. FINANCE chiefs in Tameside predict they will go more than £3m over budget on their children’s services as the number of kids going into care continues to rise.
The figures were revealed during a breakdown of spending by the borough’s integrated commissioning fund - the combined funding pot of the council and the clinical commissioning group.
Kathy Roe, director of finance, told council and health bosses that they had approximately 200 more children in care than they had budgeted for, which was ramping up cost pressures.
She told members they are predicting a £3.074m deficit in the department at the financial year-end – and they now anticipate it will take three years to bring costs within budget.
Ms Roe said: “We know this is a key focus of our organisation and we have got an improvement plan. It’s going to take a bit longer and that’s because the trend in children coming into care continues to rise.”
Tony and Delia Green