Messages of support from southsiders after Clutha crash

A couple leave the first of many flowers near the site of the tragedy.
A couple leave the first of many flowers near the site of the tragedy.

MESSAGES of solidarity have been left on The Extra’s Facebook page to show support for the victims of Friday night’s helicopter crash at the Clutha bar in Stockwell Street.

Nine people have now been confirmed dead in the tragedy, which happened around 10.15pm on Friday night as people crowded into the pub to hear live music by Glasgow ska band, Esperanza.

Battlefield residents Jan Gray and Jim Buchan were the first to leave messages.

Jan said: “We are all with you at this sad time. The victims will never be forgotten.”

Jim, who works for East Renfrewshire council, said: “My thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy including the fire and rescue team who did an amazing job on site.

“It must have been horrendous pulling dead and dying people from a public house where people were out for a fun, Friday chill out.”

Ashlie Cunningham, from East Renfrewshire, added: “My thoughts are with the families who’s loved ones were tragically taken in this devastating crash and also to the ones who were injured: I hope you all make a speedy recovery .

“Well done to everybody who has helped and is helping, it can’t have been easy.

“Black Friday will live up to its name now forever.”

Giffnock’s Karen Minnery said: “Prayers from Cats Protection Giffnock and District Branch XX.”

Speaking on behalf of the congregation, Dave Murray said: “Grace and peace to all from Cathcart Baptist church.”

Pat Lodge Masterman told The Extra: “Such a tragic thing to happen, my thoughts are with those injured and especially the bereaved.”

Similarly, William Barr said: “My thoughts are with the families and victims of The Clutha Bar helicopter disaster.”

Expatriate Gill J Richmond, from the States, had this to say: “I am a Glaswegian now living in the US.

“My thoughts and prayers are with those that have lost loved ones, those that are still in the hospital and also the emergency responders working to search for survivors. #GlasgowStrong.”