Fam­ily’s trib­ute to cou­ple killed in is­land floods

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By CONOR RIORDAN and SI­MON SMITH @MENnews­desk

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

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