Members of Blackpool’s Scottish community have spoken of their shock in the wake of a fatal helicopter crash in Glasgow city centre.
A Police Scotland helicopter ditched into The Clutha bar at around 10.30pm on Friday, crashing through the roof.
Over the weekend, as St Andrew’s Day celebrations were put on hold, many Scottish people living on the Fylde coast paid their respects to those killed and praised people working at the scene.
Glaswegian Ian Saunders, who has a lodge in Wrea Green, visited the scene on the bank on the Clyde River yesterday.
He said: “I went down there and there’s a great spirit but shock as well. There’s so many police and ambulances, the logistics of it all is phenomenal. It’s a terrible accident.”
George Stevenson, owner of Scott’s Guest House, on Reads Avenue, Blackpool, said: “It’s a dreadful tragedy.
“I just hope there won’t be many more fatalities.”
The death toll stood at eight last night, three of those the pilot and passengers on the helicopter - David Traill, 51, and police constables Kirsty Nelis, 36, and Tony Collins, 43.
Eddie McErlain, from Perth and owner of Staymor Guest House on York Street, Blackpool, added: “It’s a terrible, terrible tragedy.”
From the scene of the wreckage emerged stories of people in the city running to the bar, situated in a busy area, to help the relief effort in the immediate aftermath.
Mr Stevenson, from Cambuslang on the outskirts of Glasgow, added: “The thing that struck me was the first instinct of Glaswegians was to run and help, that epitomises those people, it’s heartwarming really.”
And Mr McErlain added: “They formed a human chain and were carrying people along, that’s the sort of thing you’d expect in Glasgow. It’s the Scottish way. I’m sure the people of Glasgow will rally together and be strong.”
Last night 12 people remained in hospital, out of the 32 people who were injured in the crash.